Sunday, February 25, 2007


There are bunch of foreigners working with IT Macedonian at this company in Macedonia, one of which founders is a Macedonian. It is a globally-known special client customized software development company, set up in Sweden originally. Lately, their business operation in Macedonia has been expanded, hiring lots of people including foreginers from all over the world. Since "Invest in Macedonia" promotes the IT industry as an potential sector for investment in Macedonia, companies like Seavus could strengthen the industry's potential and spread the fame to the world. Maybe.

このマケドニアのソフトウエア開発会社「シーヴス」ではマケドニア人にプラスして世界各国からきた外国人がたくさん働いています。もともとマケドニア人がスウェーデンで作った会社でグローバル的に有名らしいですが、最近はマケドニアでもだいぶビジネス拡大しているようです。マケドニア政府の「Invest in Macedonia」キャンペーンでもマケドニアのIT産業は投資ポテンシャル産業とされているくらいですから、今後シーヴスのような会社がマケドニアの業界をひっぱっていって、いずれはマケドニアのIT産業が世界に名だたるようになっていくといいですね。そのうちいつかは。。。

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

spring? in skopje

It was 18C today in Skopje. A beautiful day like spring. It is like "excuse me, is it still February?" Now grass is green and flowers are blooming. How come. Well, of course I like it. Very nice weather for the outside coffee. But it seems it will be snow in the weekend.


Tuesday, February 20, 2007

back to skopje via zurich

Zurich is a beautiful, small city with a lake. Since there is no direct flight to Skopje from Tokyo, I have to spend one night somewhere in Europe and this time it was in Zurich. I enjoyed Shiatsu and Thai food there.


Sunday, February 18, 2007

snowmen in japan

Even a snowman is an anime character in Japan! To the right, Anpan-man da!

日本では雪だるまだってアニメキャラクターだ! それいけアンパンマン!

Thursday, February 15, 2007


This is the first thing I did in Tokyo. Soup and coffee with my friend at Soup Stock in the Narita airport when I flew in and she was going to fly out.


Wednesday, February 07, 2007

ohrid pearl

This is the famous Ohrid pearl craft, created from scales of the little fish "Plasica", an inhabitant of the Ohrid lake. I do not know how it is made, but it does not look like something made from the fish scales. It has really a pearly shine. It is said that only two Ohrid families, which carried over this tradition to three generations, can make this craft. Very nice gift. Thank you, my friend.


Monday, February 05, 2007

snow on mountains

It has been a warm winter in Skopje as said everywhere. But this weekend, it seems snowed heavily in the mountain area in the outskirts of Skopje. They are all white now. Shining in the blue sky this morning. The contrast between blue and white was beautiful. There is no snow on Mt. Vodno of Skopje yet, though. I remember the first snow in Skopje last winter was in November....


Thursday, February 01, 2007

kana design

There was an exhibition of a Macedonian designer, who studied in Japan, at a gallery in Skopje. She used Japanese Katakana for a basis of the design work. Some of the work looks like using Macedonian words written in Katakana, like "Pivo (beer)". I would call this the cute fusion of Japanese and Macedonian culture.