Charles Rosier, an expatriate student in Tokyo
Charles Rosier’s Japanese origins
Charles Rosier is French but his mother is of Japanese origin. His grandfather arrived in France in 1950 to work at the Japanese Embassy in Paris. In 1951, his wife joined him and in 1954, his mother Mai was born. In 1961, the small family briefly returned to Tokyo, their hometown, before returning to France in 1962.
Thirty after Charles Rosier was born. For the first ten years of his life, he was lulled by the stories of his grandparents who told him about their lives in Japan. His grandmother prepared the famous sushi and sashimi for him, while his grandfather introduced him to the game of go.
He knew by heart the origin of geishas and samurai by heart.
It is in this atmosphere that he grew up and it was only natural that he became passionate about the culture of his grandparents. He also studied Japanese language from the age of 15.
Charles Rosier’s many journeys in the Land of the Rising Sun
Charles Rosier and his mother undertook to travel regularly to Japan.
The first trips were to Tokyo, the parents’ home town of May’s parents, as the main destination. They were dazzled by the dynamism of the Japanese capital and the modern architecture. Little by little, they also learned Buddhism. This philosophy of life soothed them.
As Charles grew older, he travelled more and more alone. He fed on everything he discovered. After Tokyo, he decided to explore the rest of Japan. His first trip outside the capital was to climb Mount Fuji.
He then discovered the long Pacific coasts and the more mountainous regions with their upland cultures. Over the years, his travels became more frequent and longer.
Charles Rosier’s new life
Charles Rosier had met many people during his visits to Japan. One of them was coming off. One that was there every time Charles travelled and waited for him to accompany him in his discoveries. This person was called Satomi. In parallel with his travels, Charles Rosier is in business school and he chose to leave to finish his studies in Tokyo. For more than a year, he has been living in this city and has left Paris.
Almost 50 years later, he realized the reverse course of his grandparents.
Today, Charles Rosier is launching his blog to share his daily life in Japan and share with you his advice for French people wishing to put their luggage in Japan.