Tokyo for dummies

This autumn I spent a few days in Tokyo. Well, actually I did a little tour of Japan, from Kyoto, Osaka, Toyama and at the end I’ve arrived in Tokyo, with Shinkansen. It’s a fast train running about 300 km/h. There are a lot of these trains in Europe; in Germany, France, Italy and so on, but this is the oldest one. Its first run was in a far 1959. After 2 hours I’ve arrived in Tokyo, Ueno station. The first thought that passed on my mind was: “why are they against United Europe?” (UE No). In 10 minutes I’ve reached my hotel, Mystays. Well, the room wasn’t the biggest I’ve ever seen, but I admit it was a nice room. It was late afternoon. I’ve unpacked my luggage and I’ve walked out into the street. Few passes from my hotel was Tokyo’s zoo, my first destination. There I’ve seen a panda for the first time in my life.

I was about to light the cigarette when I saw the sign: smoking is forbidden. In Japan this is the rule; one must not smoke in the street. The fain is about 20 euros and the guardians that control the application of the rule are very frequent. I’ve taken my risk at least 10 times during my stay. Later I will understand that there are smoking spaces in the same streets and I was very surprised when I’ve discovered that the smoking were allowed in the major part of bars and restaurants. Weird country. But, it’s not the only strange thing I’ve noticed there. The WC are a result of the high technology. The bowl of a toilet is warmed up, there are spray that coming out and where one can control angulation and the water pressure. I did some experiments to understand some of the functions: all instructions were in Japanese. To be honest, I had some extra water.

For 4 days I was going around, looking for points of interest, using trains and undergrounds and a few times I have caught the bus. Functionality of the local transport is perfect and the trains are precise as the Swiss watches. However, in the rush hours there are an incredible crowd and it is not always easy enter in the coach. In the streets, the scene is the same. Especial attraction are the diagonal crossing road that I didn’t see in any other country. I’ve visited different districts of the city.

New model of NissanThe most modern is Ginza, that is an open exposition of the architecture. The buildings are occupied by the famous brands as Louis Vuitton, Armani, Dior, but you can also find Gap and H&M. My attention was drawn to a showcase where was exposed the new model of Nissan, fully electrical and very luxurious; I didn’t ask for the price. On the roof of the oldest western style store I’ve found a beautiful park from where I had a fantastic view of the city. Far away, the celebrated Japanese mountain Fuji was visible, but too far to see the snow on the top of it.

obot Gundam from Japanese cartoonI don’t remember in which district is exposed the statue of robot Gundam. It’s impressive, height about 20 meters, represents the legendary hero from the Japanese cartoons. Notable mass was turning around to examine all the details of the structure. At 5 p.m. there are a short show: some pieces of robot’s armor moved and lights of reactive motors on his back switched on and off to give a dynamic effects. Nothing special but it seemed that the visitors had great fun. Asakusa district is the most ancient area of Tokyo. Everything seems to be from old days, including stores, wooden houses, people dressed in a traditional way and numerous cemeteries. In each cemetery is present a little temple owned by privates. The peace and relax regains this area.

One of tipical Japanese foodOne of the main attraction for the tourists is the food. The Japanese kitchen is well known in Europe, but, eat some food here, at the source, is something unique. I’ve tasted ramen, soba, sushi, okonomiyaki and other delights that I don’t remember the names. Very good and tasty for reasonable prices, especially if you eat in their fast-food, characteristic locals where the chef is in the front of you and prepare your food. So, looking at him you can “steal” the recipe. The water and tea are always free but I’ve preferred Japanese beer, in particularly Kirin, that I like so much. I’ve tried their national drink sake, but it doesn’t enter in my preferred drink.


Forex experience

What is Forex? It’s the currency trading. In the first article, at the bottom of this page, you can find the connection where is possible to know more about our topic. It’s available a demonstration account too, so you can do free practice and figure out if you like it or not. If you have fun, maybe you will decide to continue but, if you don’t enjoy, it’s better for you to give up and find something different for your time off. Forex is one of the many ways to make money online but, remember one thing, not everyone earn.

I opened a real account on the day of presidential elections in the United States held on November 8, 2016. Before that I tried several different Forex platforms and I decided to make money by using one called eToro. I didn’t regret and I recommend you their site. Why am I right on that day decided to enter in the world of high finance? I heard from some friends and checked on the internet that a lot of people gained huge amounts of money during Brexit. The pound fell over 10% and to those who have had that vision, this fact brought amazing profits. Note that in currency trading you can use the leverage. So, if for example you are using leverage of 50 times, the 10% becomes 500%; you invest a thousand dollars and earn 5000. So I thought that if Trump wins the elections I could make good profits.

So, I opened the account by depositing 500 dollars. After midnight, when the outcome of the presidential election was not known yet, I bought the currency pair euro-dollar. My investment should enhance and my plan was to make some money by buying cheap and selling expensive. On the Forex platforms you can set two limits: one is where you take profits and other where you close your position to limit your losses. I was too greedy and laid taking profits on 5%. Once the world understood who was the new president of the United States, the dollar has become weaker (as I had predicted). But after lost 3% of the value it became stronger. That day I was out of town and I had no access to internet. My limit for taking the profit hasn’t been reached and I couldn’t manually close the position and taking a little less profit. When I returned home late in the evening and logged my platform, the price was already lower than my purchase. This is until today my only loss.

It’s the beginning of the March and in the four months I earned 300 dollars, about 60% of the initial amount I’ve invested. I was able to catch up my first lost by the end of the same month. So far I have processed more than 90 operations and except one, all were positively completed. I have already reached a good experience and developed my own strategy which it has proved successful. At least until now. Here are some of the key elements in my approach. In the beginning I used the lever 10 but after more experience and considerations now I use 25. This is a good proportion of earnings and assessing risks. If I open the position and things go in a negative direction, I have 4% margin (loss of the entire wager) in order to wait that prices return to positive reach. I always put my loss limit very far to be able to afford myself to wait even a month before I back to the desired interval. Since I often trade on a long period I usually choose operations with positive rollover. When a position is transferred to another day, Forex applies to it some kind of fee. For example, for a pair EURUSD, if you buy the pair you pay 60 cents for the amount of 10.000 dollars, and if you sell they pay you 3 cents. Usually, I sell and don’t have to think that for every day of waiting for the realization I have to pay a fee. The amount I earn isn’t significant but the important thing is that I don’t have additional costs.

I chose eToro not only because it’s an excellent service, but also because they have a social network. While you trade people send messages, comment and click like button. Of course, the topic is always trading currencies. There are members who have a great experience and this can be useful if you want to learn from them. Often the messages are entertaining because they are very funny. Most users keep their profile public so it’s possible to look at their stats and see how they trade. Statistics are partial and client’s privacy is however preserved. There are percentages but not the amount of money invested in trading.

Different people trade, even girls and if you don’t understand a language on the web site (there are Russians, Arabs, Germans, and other that write in their mother language) there is an automatic translator. As I told you before it can be very funny. Once I’ve read a message from a guy who gave me the impression to be so smart until I watched his statistics and find all in red (gains are represented in green). From my personal experience: more the post appears intellectual and more the author is ignorant.