The Japanese have a saying that promotes the benefits of multitasking. They say, get this, “one stone, two birds.”
OK, OK, I know, pretty much everyone says that right? Well the Japanese say it a bit differently. They say, “isseki nicho,” which pretty much means “one stone, two birds.”
Not to be outdone in our mad dash towards efficiency, an American colleague of mine at Globus Consulting, likes to up the ante and demonstrate how our training programs help participants achieve an amazing “isseki sancho.” That is, we get three birds to our single stone. Yeah, that’s right, THREE BIRDS ONE STONE!
Well I was pondering that as I left a meeting in Kamiyacho today and was going to jump on the train to Tokyo Station.
It must have been all of those thoughts of efficiency bouncing around in my head, because I decided to walk instead of taking the train.
Walking, I reasoned, would give me some much needed exercise and relaxation. Then the synopsis really started firing, and BAM! I decided to listen to JapanesePod101 on the way.
So now, I’m exercising, AND studying. In the middle of all that effficiency I managed to stumble across a park opposite the Imperial Palace that I hadn’t noticed before. That’s probably because I rarely walk by the Imperial Palace, and when I do, my eyes are pretty much glued on the Imperial Palace.
I’m not sure if finding the Wadakura Fountain Park counts as my third bird, but I was happy I found it. The park is a relatively new addition to the Tokyo landscape, but it’s worth a visit if you are in the area.