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Aomori City

After getting soaked on the Shimokita Peninsula I was off to Aomori City where I only intended to stay one night in a hotel. In the morning I wanted to move on to Hirosaki, but the weather was just as bad as the day before when...

Life in Japan

Driving in Japan

I’ve been living in Japan for a few years now. However, my first 4 years I spent in trains or on my bicycle. I just recently got a Japanese driver’s license and since then I’m driving in Japan every single day...

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Osorezan: Mt. Osore (Shimokita Peninsula)

After visiting Ne Castle in Hachinohe in the early morning I rushed to my train to get to the Shimokita Peninsula, having the typhoon right behind me.  Unfortunately the trains weren’t running anymore at that time and buses...

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Ne Castle in Hachinohe

After enjoying the Senshu Park in Akita City and the former castle and samurai town Kakunodate I left Akita Prefecture to explore Aomori Prefecture. I started extremely early in the morning, because I had a tight schedule for the...

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Kakunodate in Akita Prefecture

After spending the morning in Akita City’s Senshu Park, I was off to Kakunodate in the afternoon. If you just go to the Senshu Park in Akita and do nothing else, then you can easily also visit Kakunodate and enjoy...

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Akita: Senshu Park

After visiting one of the most devastated regions of Tohoku (due to the tsunami and earthquake of March 2011) I moved on to Akita Prefecture. My first stop was Akita City before leaving to visit Kakunodate on the same day. This...

Life in Japan

Japanese hospitals and medical care

Since moving to Japan many years ago, I’ve been to a lot of Japanese hospitals and visited various doctors. I know that there are lucky people out there who managed to live in Japan without ever having to go, but I have a...

Favorite Photos

Yugama Crater Lake of Mt. Shirane

As some of you might know I had a great time during my summer vacation. I visited various places, but today I want to share one of my highlights with you: The Yugama Crater Lake of Mt. Shirane Favorite Photo #4: Crater Lake...

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Ishinomaki Tsunami 2011 Devastation

In order to access Tashirojima (Cat Island) you have to take a ferry from Ishinomaki … and that’s how I ended up there. Originally I had no intention to do any sightseeing or take photos there, but when I saw how...