Whenever I post on Facebook that I’ll be “coming home“ for a visit, friends reply: “Which one?“ That question is justified. Do I mean Germany, where my family lives, or England, where my heart will always be, or Japan, where I’m currently a resident? Where is home really? When it comes to living abroad, I’ve … More Where is Home?
“You’re going where?“ was a question commonly asked by my colleagues before our four day Easter break. No one had seemed to have heard of the city Matsuyama, or Dogo Onsen Honkan, the bathhouse that inspired the drawings of the bathhouse in the famous Ghibli movie “Spirited Away“. Seeing this bathhouse had been my dream … More The Magic that happened in Matsuyama, or: The Day I decided to fight Depression
We went to Ishigaki during low season, at the end of October. A typhoon was just rolling by so it was windy and rainy most of the time, but we did catch a few days of sunshine, and they were well worth it. Since there weren’t many tourists around, a lot of the beautiful beaches … More Japan’s Hawaii: Ishigaki Island
I’m a troubled flyer. I despise flying. This is something that developed over the years. In the beginning, I loved airports and flying and all the excitement about the place I was going to. This has changed. I’m not afraid the plane will crash, I never have. I’m just highly uncomfortable in confined spaces and … More Four truths about my traveling
Yes, it does exist. An hour south of Miyazaki city, there is a huge park right next to the Pacific Ocean, and it has replicas of the Moai statues of Easter Island. Apparently, it’s the only place in the world that got permission to create those. Why? It’s Japan. I’ve stopped asking why a long … More Easter Island in Japan?! Sun Messe Nichinan, Miyazaki
This was my main reason to visit Miyazaki prefecture: Takachiho Gorge, about 2 hours north of Miyazaki city. That day I saw every possible shade of green. It was so beautiful.
The rock formation that can be seen around Aoshima Island, about 20km south of Miyazaki city, looks like it was made by humans, but it wasn’t. It was created by the waves washing over them. The island itself is small, but it has a shrine, a little jungle and some palm trees that are perfect … More The Devil’s Washboard of Aoshima Island, Miyazaki
Often, shrines and temples in Japan can be found in the forest, which is one of my favourite things in Japan. The location of Udo shrine is very different. About 40km south of Miyazaki City, this shrine is built right next to the sea, and parts of it are inside a cave.
24km west of Miyazaki city, there is a very, very small town called Aya. To be honest, I went there for one thing only: To walk on the Aya Teruha Suspension bridge, which is 250m long and 142m high. I’m not afraid of heights, but standing in the middle of this bridge, with no one … More Aya Teruha Suspension Bridge, Miyazaki (and a short story about a mug)
“I don’t ski“, I said to my friend when she asked me to join her on a trip to the Japanese Alps. “We’re not skiing. We’re going on the Alpine Route.“ Slightly confused, I looked it up. It really is a tour crossing impressive mountains that includes all kinds of transportation: Buses, cablecars, tunnel trolley … More Walking on the Roof of Japan: The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
After I had said goodbye to the last Snow Monkey, I climbed back down the hill (well, in all honesty – it was more like sliding down the hill despite the spikes on my boots, mostly on my behind) and took a stroll through Shibu Onsen. The village looked like gingerbread houses covered in frosting … More Monkeys and Baths: Hot Spring Town Shibu Onsen (Nagano, Japan)