Jul
27
2014
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Pink Paradise: Shibazakura at Hitsujiyama Park in Chichibu

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Finally I get to post about my Golden Week Vacation 2013 (late April to early May) in greater detail. You can see a review of the whole trip here. I decided to start with one of my highlights which was the “shibazakura” at Hitsujiyama Park in Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture. And I’m sure after reading this […]

Shibazakura at Hitsujiyama Park in Chichibu
Jul
19
2014
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Dating in Japan as an American Woman

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Things I wish I had known before I moved to Tokyo Anyone who has spent time in Japan can tell you that, of the interracial couples you find on the street, a disproportionately large number of them are non-Asian men dating Japanese women. I don’t want to hate any of these men (or women), I’m […]

Dating in Japan as an American Woman
Jul
13
2014
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19 Awesome Day Trips From Tokyo

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I know that Tokyo is a very exciting place, especially for first-time visitors, but I cannot emphasize it often enough: It’s important to get out and see other parts of Japan as well. If you cannot afford going all the way to Kyoto, Hiroshima or Fukuoka, then at least plan a few day trips from […]

Day Trips From Tokyo
Jul
6
2014
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A Spring Festival at Yamato Koriyama Castle in Nara

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Nara is known for its park with wild deer and the great Buddha statue of Todaiji Temple. There are, however, quite a few other nice sights to check out while there. One of them is Yamato Koriyama Castle which I want to introduce today. Visited: April 1st 2013 Access to Koriyama Castle Koriyama Castle (郡山城) […]

Yamato Koriyama Castle
Jun
29
2014
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Error: Why Your Foreign Name Is Most Likely Too Long For Japan

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So, you’ve finally arrived in the land of your dreams: Narnia …. err, I mean Japan! All these beautiful Japanese women who’ve just been waiting for you. All this breathtaking nature, ancient castles, shrines and temples. Yes, you’re finally in Japan. Congratulations! But beware, you might wake up one morning and notice that life isn’t […]

Life as a German in Japan
Jun
22
2014
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Shoryuji Castle in Kyoto And its Connection to Oda Nobunaga

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Kyoto has a lot of famous sights, mainly temples and shrines, but sometimes you just want to get away from that and  see something else. But where to go? From Kyoto your day trip options are endless. As part of a day trip itinerary you could visit Shoryuji Castle which I’ll introduce today. Visited: April […]

Shoryuji Castle in Kyoto
Jun
14
2014
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Dating A Japanese Woman: What’s It Really Like?!

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Today I’m very happy to present you a guest post by a great fellow Japan blogger. It’s Ken Seeroi from “Japanese Rule of 7“. I’m sure you’ve heard of him, and I highly recommend reading his blog. I adore his writing style. You’ll learn what life in Japan is really like – in a funny […]

Dating A Japanese Woman
Jun
8
2014
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Have You Seen The Top 3 Views in Japan Yet?

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People often ask me about places in Japan that one needs to visit no matter what. There is no easy answer to that. First-time visitors prefer Tokyo, Kyoto and maybe Hiroshima. It also depends greatly on the season and your interests. But don’t worry, there is an ‘ancient’ top 3 list that might help you […]

Top 3 Views in Japan
Jun
3
2014
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How Dangerous Is Air Pollution in Japan?

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People often ask me if it’s safe to visit Japan. Of course, most are referring to the 2011 incident in Fukushima. They are worried about radiation. Some are afraid of yet antoher strong quake or tsunami. However, there’s something else they should be worried about – and that is air pollution!   Air Pollution Caused […]

Air Pollution in Japan PM2.5
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