Name: Martín Di Domenico
Years in Japan: 2
What do you do at PayPay: Senior Manager
Recommend a spot/thing to do in your country Travel through Argentina’s widely different natural landscapes, from the cold weather of Patagonia in the south, to the arid mountains of the north-west, and the tropical jungles of the north-east.
Favorite spot in Japan Kyoto
Recommend us a dish from your country A great argentinian “asado”Also, for wine lovers Mendoza’s Wine Route
Biggest similarities or differences between Japan and Argentina Argentina and Japan are almost on opposite sides of the world, not only geographically, but also culturally. Where in Japan everything is well planned and prepared for, Argentina is a lot more casual and spontaneous. From working and social interactions, to personal relationships, everything in Argentina is more warm and demonstrative than here. Never expect an Argentinean in Argentina to arrive on time to absolutely anywhere. 😂
Why did you come to Japan?
I studied some Japanese when I was a teenager, and even came to study it in Tokyo for 6 months when I was in my twenties, but never since then had the opportunity to actually use it much. So living in Japan is something that has been always in the back of my mind since then.
What’s the thing you like the most about living in Japan? The safety and stability of living here. Two things that are hard to find in Argentina.
What’s the worst or most difficult thing you experienced in Japan?
Getting used to the risk of natural disasters. Being raised in Buenos Aires, natural disasters were almost completely unheard of by me until I moved to Japan.
What’s the weirdest thing you did/saw in Japan?
Getting into a random local Onsen in a lost small town somewhere in the middle of Tohoku.