August 1989August, 2012.


Long time no see my dear, Corsica.

This vacation will lasts in my memories until I’ll be gone. They say it’s not about the destination, but the trip. That was probably the first time I got to understand this quote, with an essential plus: that time, it was only me and my sister. Our first vacation together, no parents, no friends, just the two of us. As I was living in a different city from my family (and now I am living in Japan), it may not seem so, but we are tied together like a flower and a bee: separate entities that cannot survive if one is missing.

My sister taught me how to love and get along with nature since I was a little girl. She was studying Agriculture at the college when I was still attending the elementary school; the 10 years dividing us may be the secret of our indissoluble relationship. A few years ago, on Christmas day I donate her Avicii-Hey brother single CD with the lyrics translated by me; I always have been fascinated by foreign languages, while she detests them. That song is the finished representation of what I feel for her.




Hey sister! Know the water's sweet but blood is thicker
Oh, if the sky comes falling down, for you
There's nothing in this world I wouldn't do






Every time I recall this trip to mind, it’s like feeling her so close to me… but yet so far. Time has no mercy and I am walking my road sustained by her and her words. How expensive should such words have been for her…

What astonished me of our 2012’s journey to Corsica, is the ability of the brain to memorize things beyond our consciousness.persedesertdesagriates

The day when we began our walk to Saleccia beach, we entered a briny, arid seawalk: the preamble to the Desert des Agriates.


It’s there that I suddenly stopped and told my sister “I can remember this smell! This is the flavor of the Mediterranean Maquis!”

 “Yes” –she told me- “this is the typical redolence of the Garrigue!”


I told you she is an expert when speaking about all that goes around plants.

I then started to recall the clearest blue water in which we used to play; the pine lying on the immaculate sand where we used to rest; my father’s rubber boat, that seemed to be a gigantic yacht to the eyes of the poppet 3 years old Ilaria…

Every recollection had been silent for 23 years until that moment when a dull green shrub brought it to light.














The best news? We are planning a new trip for this year’s August. Destination: Unknown.

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Japanese Toilets… is that all?

Here is the matter: everybody knows the Japanese washlet thing, don’t you? Those electronic toilets gaining the attention of all the newcomers to Japan and those Japan-enthusiast that have never been on this Island, but they allow themselves speaking as the best quoted TOTO sales representative.

“C’mon, those toilets that have music for your privacy!!!”

MUSIC? I just call it “streaming water noise” but I am ok with your point of view, I respect it.

You know, that’s not all.

I personally think that the best Japanese-toilet-related-invention is their BATHTUB. Why enthusiast continue focusing on the mere washlet, unsolved mistery. You could argue that –as proud Italian- I am a “bidet” fan. You know what: YOU GOT IT! Definitely true statement, but –there’s a BUT (or a butt, as we are speaking of toilets :laughs alone)- I am getting used to the Japanese washlet and I think it works (read: better than nothing).

Ok, going back to the Japanese bathtub, here are a few issues that make it the best invention EVER!

  1. You put the bath plug, you push a button and the water will fill up by itself
  2. Worried about water temperature? Of course you can select your favorite temperature and how much you water you want from the designed console
  3. Basically that console is meant to control the water temperature of all the house, so you have one near the bathtub and one another in the kitchen. If somebody changes the water temperature from the kitchen, the console in the bathroom will tell you: “The water temperature has been changed”.

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  4. YES, IT SPEAKS! So that blind people can use it easily. Of course the console has braille too
  5. If you are an ecology enthusiast and don’t want to waste water just because of your relaxing bath, don’t worry: just wash your body in the shower next to the bath tub and then take your bath. When finished, leave water there for the next day (or your relatives): you can re-heat it by pushing the button specifically designed for that purpose (that’s how Japanese people use it, actually).

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So, did you know that? Would you rather have a Japanese washlet or a Japanese bathtub at home?

My best triplet: washlet, bidet and Japanese bathtub… just in case.

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