This August, I went to Zushi beach in Kanagawa. A lot of things I saw that day made me think ‘Yep, this is Japan!’ Here are some of my observations. Number 1: You’ll never be alone No matter where you go or how early you are – everyone else is already there. I got to … More What a day at the beach can tell you about Japan
I do realize that a lot of my posts are quite serious. That’s because I only want to share things when I think they’re actually meaningful. By doing that, I might not be giving credit to the funny things that happen to me in Japan though, and therefore not painting the whole picture of what … More Funny Stories in Japan – The Changing Room Incident
When I heard of the ‘Tokyo Jungle’, I had to see it for myself. It’s actually a beautiful park with temples and shrines. (Totoro may or may not live here.) As a point of reference: It’s about 20 min by train from Shibuya Station.
Whenever I say I’m traveling somewhere, people ask: “Who with?“ followed by: “Really? Alone?!“ (Either said in disbelief or pity, or both.) I’ve heard it so many times now that honestly, I’m sick of it. Initially I wasn’t going to talk about this, but a female colleague telling me just last week that she’d rather … More Why I (still) prefer traveling alone
On a weekend in May, we got on an overnight ferry that took us to a volcanic Japanese island located in the Philippine Sea, about 160 km south of Tokyo. The night on the ferry we spent in sleeping bags, on the floor, and continued the hippie life on a (free) camping site on the … More Niijima Photo Gallery
“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” – Ashley Smith
When I’m in public (anywhere in the world), I’m easily irritated and annoyed by loud noises, distinct smells, and bad behavior of people – especially adults. Growing up in Germany, a lot of those things had been bothering me my entire life. I was more than glad to see in Japan that yes, things can … More What I (really) like about Japan: Public life
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.
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
When I came to Japan for the first time three years ago, I spent four weeks as a tourist, traveling across the country with a Japanese friend, and felt like a kid in a candy store. Everything was new and exciting, and everything that was different was different in a good way. Back then, I … More Traveling Japan vs. Living in Japan