“Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best. / Wherever you go, you’ll top all the rest./ Except when you don’t. /Because, sometimes, you won’t.” – Dr.Seuss For the most part of my first year in Japan, I felt exactly like this. I didn’t top all the rest but fell far behind for a while. But … More My First Year in Japan (In a Nutshell)
“Why did you move to Japan?“ To be honest, I don’t particularly like that question. Not because I don’t have an answer to it, but because I feel that people don’t want to listen to an answer that’s probably more complex than what they expect, or they simply wouldn’t understand it even if they did … More Why I moved to Japan
In the historical words of Alice Cooper: “School’s out for summer!“ After 1,5 years of teacher training, I’ve now survived my first year as a newly qualified and full-time teacher of a year 2 class. This means that for the last 2,5 years, nearly every day I’ve ventured out into the never ending madness that … More What Teaching has Taught me
In up to 38 degree summer heat, this July we spent a week in Central Vietnam. We were based in Da Nang, with day trips to the Marble Mountains and Hội An. Despite not liking certain aspects about Vietnam, it sure was a (hobby) photographers dream.
Since this is a sensitive topic, let’s put a big, fat disclaimer in the beginning: Neither do I nor will I ever claim to know what Japanese people in general are thinking. What I’m going to talk about are my very own observations, experiences and thoughts. I am aware that those are only a very … More St.Patrick’s Day in Tokyo, Or: A foreigner’s view on a “Xenophobic Japan“
Hardly any article about Japanese culture seems to find a way around Capsule Hotels, one of the major things non-Japanese people point at, saying: “What a weird country Japan is!“ Despite its fame, I never felt the urge to seek one out until the very last day of my first year in Japan, when I … More Calm down, it’s just a Capsule