A Japanese friend asked me this today. He’s not the only one – recently I’ve been getting this question from friends and family all over the world. It’s been two years already, since the plane landed and I stumbled out into the infamous Japanese summer heat, and a new chapter of my life was waiting … More Do you STILL like living in Japan?
I only played The Sims once in my life at a friend’s house in middle school. What I distinctly remember about this game is the thing about the energy levels of the characters: If they didn’t get enough food or rest or social encounters, they died. Simple as that. And that is how I feel … More Teacher Low Points
It’s been a year and four months since I went to the hospital with a life-threatening asthma attack. That day was a turning point for me. My life has changed since then and I’d like to talk about that. Not because I particularly enjoy talking about it (it’s pretty hard actually and I’ve been putting … More How Asthma Has Changed My Life
I had the weirdest teacher epiphany today. While I was marking a math test, I came across a hilarious answer by a student that made me laugh to myself. I thought: “Oh man that kid is hilarious. I really like that boy.“ Suddenly followed by: “Wait, when did that happen?“ A year ago, he was … More Taming Little Monsters
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
It’s the first morning of being back in Germany this Christmas break. I’m walking through a small town I’m not overly familiar with, trying to find a Café. Since it’s pretty cold outside, I’m wearing a face mask I brought from Japan. Even though I’m aware that it looks weird to people here, I prefer … More I was called a foreigner. In my home country.
The first time I bought a pack of masks in Japan was on day three after moving there. The reason back then was: I was trying to smoke out the mosquitos that had gotten into my apartment (because I foolishly left the balcony door open for 10 minutes) without poisoning myself. (No, it didn’t go … More Why people in Japan wear masks (and I do, too)
Friends and family ’back home‘ keep asking me how much longer I’m going to stay in Japan. I think for them it’s just a well-intentioned and rather logical question. Someone who leaves inevitably needs to come back, right? It’s not that simple. At least not for me. In the past ten years, I moved houses, … More So when are you coming back?