The Magic that happened in Matsuyama, or: The Day I decided to fight Depression

“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

Easter Island in Japan?! Sun Messe Nichinan, Miyazaki

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

Aya Teruha Suspension Bridge, Miyazaki (and a short story about a mug)

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)

Walking on the Roof of Japan: The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

“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

Monkeys and Baths: Hot Spring Town Shibu Onsen (Nagano, Japan)

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)