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Goodbye Tokyo, Goodbye Universotokyo 「さよなら東京, さよなら Universotokyo」

You will never be completely at home again,

because part of your heart will always be elsewhere.

That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and

knowing people in more than one place”-

 -Miriam Adeney


I started this adventure in Tokyo, many many years ago, and has now come to an end.

If you have followed this blog or ended up here randomly or you know me personally, you know how much I love Japan. I have nothing but gratitude for all the wonderful years I’ve spent in Tokyo. Maybe there’s someone out there who can relate to that ambiguous feeling of wanting to go back to your country, to old friends and family, and the feeling that your life, as you know it for the last years, will be soon uprooted.

Thank you Tokyo for all the adventures you gifted me, the friendships I have forged and the countless memories I’ll cherish for ever.

I have shared many of your treasures here with readers, followers and guests. Universotokyo will stay active but it won’t be updated. Hopefully, the information featured here until today will still be useful for local people, travellers and tourists alike.

Japanese people commonly use two words: itterasshai and  ittekimasu. They are both a common exchange used at home when a family member leaves. The person who leaves says ittekimasu , which literally means “I will go and come back” and the family members respond with itterasshai which means “please go and come back“.

 Ittekimasu my dear Tokyo

goodbye tokyo




This entry was posted in: Tokyo


HELLO! Welcome to Universotokyo, a space where I share my inspirations, my photography and my love for Tokyo. Here is a small window into my world. Thanks for stopping by. またね!! ♡


    • Thanks so much Jade for always taking time to visit UT. I’m going to miss this blog so much. Will still be around in wordpress to read fellow bloggers’ adventures. Thanks again and hugs 🙂

    • Thank you so much for your support, interest and comments Paul 🙂 Maybe it’s time to start drinking cappuccinos in Buenos Aires! I’ll see you around in here. Cheers xox

  1. wonder art says

    It has been a pleasure to discover Tokyo through your beautiful pictures and also to take pleasure reading your bright and precise English. I guess that your heart spreads out more widely when it comes to love people from other countries and to find roots in one that is not your mother land. I am thankful to have met you in mother tokyo home! Love from France. Sophie

    • Soohie dear, thank you so much for your warm words. We both know how wonderful this city is and now it’s time to say goodbye and look forward to a new beginning. I’m nothing but grateful that our paths crossed here. Love from Tokyo and soon from Buenos Aires ma cherie tomodachi! xox Mumi

  2. Anonymous says

    Hi Maria
    Thanks for this Blog, it was always a pleasure reading it when I was living in Tokyo
    All the best, Thúy

    • Thanks so much for reading UT and for taking the time to write to me. It means a lot to get these support and thankful notes. All the best for you as well Thúy! Arigato, Maria xo

  3. Thank you for letting me look through the window into your world.

    Itterasshai, Maria

    • Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my world here 🙂 cheers from Tokyo one last time! xox Maria

  4. Anonymous says

    Gracias!!! This was one of my favorite Tokyo blogs, ever

  5. Frauke says

    Dear Maria, thank you for having written one of my favourite Tokyo blogs… I lived in Tokyo/Nakano nearly ten years ago but have to come back as often as possible: 私は東京が大好き
    So have an amazing start back in Buenos Aires!!! I guess I would also love to follow “UniversoBuenosAires” ; )
    xxFrauke from Berlin

    • Dear Frauke, thank you so much for your lovely message. I love Tokyo as well and had a wonderful time writing and shooting for my blog. I’m grateful to know that you enjoyed it. Hope new projects and, as you said, maybe universobuenosaires await in my near future. Danke schön from Argentina! Maria

  6. Anonymous says

    Ganas fuertes de llorar al leer y terminar de leer este útimo post,. Porque entiendo, comparto (empatía)…
    Yo viajé sentada en mi silla frente a la pc y estaba -estoy muy orgullosa de tu sendero en tokyo y el mundo fuera del terruño… Has transformado a tokyo y tokyo te ha transformado.
    Siempre se escucharán esos diálogos silenciosos si prestamos atención. Buena fortuna, amiga! vivi s.l.

    • Amiga del alma, nada mas que gratitud por las experiencias vividas en mi querida ciudad y el apoyo incondicional de los grandes amigos que la vida me regala donde quiera que vaya. Ya viajaremos juntas a otros destinos. Gracias negra! Much love! Mumi

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