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Today, I’m just writing to let you know that there won’t be regular blog posts for a while. I’ll be busy travelling around Japan a lot in the next few months. And I’ll be back with (hopefully) a lot of breathtaking photos, useful information and new places I can introduce to all of you. I’ll more »



Zooming Japan will offer you:

  • A close-up view on traveling and living in Japan.
  • Experience Japan through my lens and enjoy photos you've never seen before!
  • Get to know the REAL Japan, no matter where you live!

Get your travel inspiration:

  • Learn about destinations no guidebook will ever feature.
  • Get to know the secret spots of Japan.
  • Find all the necessary information sprinkled with my personal impressions and experience.

Learn from my experience:

  • I've travelled to all 47 Japanese prefectures.
  • I've visited more than 100 Japanese castles.
  • I've been to many spots that even most Japanese people don't know of!

Daily life as a foreigner in Japan:

  • Learn what it's like to be a foreigner in Japan.
  • Read about my everyday challenges in this foreign country.
  • Enjoy the encounters of a "German Alien in Japan".
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  • travel tips and inspiration not only of the popular tourist spots, but also destinations you'll never find in any guidebook
  • learn about the daily life in Japan as a foreigner
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The author Jasmine has travelled to all 47 prefectures, has visited over 100 Japanese castles and even more temples, shrines and gardens. She has lived in the Japanese countryside for several years now and has experienced the "real Japan". She wants to share everything she has explored and learned through her extraordinary travel experience. You'll find all the necessary travel information that you would find in a guidebook, but on top of that you'll get to know Japan's secret and often overlooked spots! You'll regret if you don't read about them!

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      (December 8th, 2011)  -  5
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Latest Posts in Category "Wiki"

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      (May 31st, 2012)  -  10
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      (May 21st, 2012)  -  17
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Latest Posts in Category "Favorite Photos"

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      (September 21st, 2012)  -  7
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      (July 25th, 2012)  -  14
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      (June 28th, 2012)  -  8
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      (June 7th, 2012)  -  11
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