もったいない, don’t waste

In our Japan, there is a word and the philosophy of もったいない, mottainai - meaning “don’t waste”. It is actually hard to fix things these days with local electric supply shops, tailors and shoe repairers all disappearing en masse. I found a makerspace at a campus. I made a short power cable plug (I could not find a single local shop selling a 0.5 meter cable, the only option was to buy on eBay or Amazon where the shipping costs more than the price of the cable). And once you are in a makerspace, you have this strong desire to repair everything, I ended up fixed the fraying canvas on my bag. 







Best time in a city's life

I like Phnom Penh for the diversity of food available at good prices. For example, we ate at an Ethiopian restaurant here and it was about 14 USD. A similar spread cost us 45 USD in Tokyo. I like the Ethiopian bread injeera, it is like Dosa but more tangy. 

I think there is a time in every mazor/capital city’s life when there is an interesting mix of immigrants and locals keen on trying new things, lax enough regulations, cheaper rental and staffing costs that encourages such experimentation. Phnom Penh and Saigon are like the Tokyo of 1980s.

Saigon's upcoming Japantown

The upcoming Japan town of Saigon, located around Nguyễn Ngọc Phương, P19, Bình Thạnh, about 2 kilometres from the older one located at Le Thanh Ton.  

The pickings are a bit sparse right now, and this location is more family friendly with no bars and entertainment establishments as of now. Thanks to Thao for always introducing new places in this city. 

Check out the older Japantown of Saigon