Happy Birthday to the countries!

Happy Birthday to Belarus!

Minsk, the capital and largest city of Belarus. *Photo from Wikipedia July 3 is Belarus’ Independence Day, celebrates the liberation of Minsk from Nazi occupation by Soviet troops in 1944. The decision to celebrate Independence Day on July 3, the day of the liberation of Belarus from the Nazis, was made during the 1996 national referendum proposed by President Alexander Lukashenko. After an initial period of independent feudal consolidation, Belarusian lands were incorporated into the Kingdom of Lithuania, Grand Duchy of Lithuania, and later in the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, and the Russian Empire. In the aftermath of the 1917 Russian Revolution,


Voice of the Day Vol.4 – Alesya Nakagawa (Belarus)

Interviewed & written by Isao Tokuhashi Mail to: info@myeyestokyo.com This interview series celebrates each national day in the world through an interview. The fourth episode is brought to you from Belarus, which celebrates the independence of the country from the USSR on July 3. In commemoration of the day, we bring you a life history of a Belarusian homemaker who lives in Tokyo. *Edited by Daniel Penso 校正協力:ダニエル・ペンソ Photo provided by Alesya Nakagawa 日本語   My sister brought me to Japan I came to Japan from Belarus 10 years ago. My younger sister was already here at that time. She’s



Interviewed & written by Isao Tokuhashi Mail to: itokuhashi@myeyestokyo.com   Belarussian restaurant (Roppongi)   Republic of Belarus – It used to be a part of the former Soviet Union and it achieved nationality after the fall of the Soviet Union. It’s been called “Belorussia” for a long time. We happened upon a restaurant called “Minsk” when we were walking around the Roppongi area. We have been interested in this restaurant for several years since then. The other day we opened the door of and entered that restaurant. We didn’t imagine that there would be so many Japanese customers. We had meat-stuffed


“Hey, I would be dead if I tried to achieve that sales figure.” But he said that he wouldn’t care if I died.

Interviewed & written by Isao Tokuhashi Mail to: itokuhashi@myeyestokyo.com   Barysiuk Viktoryia (Belarus) Belarussian restaurant manager (She’s been in Japan since 2001) Long time no see! We’d been writing my book “My Eyes Tokyo” for six months (If you want to learn details of the book, click here!). We will keep on interviewing expats strenuously. BTW, we would like to introduce you to Barysiuk Viktoryia, a manager of a Belarussian restaurant in the central Tokyo. She speaks Japanese very fluently and it sounds really gentle. But she is not just sleek. She has sparkling eyes. As a manager, as a woman,