Jul
27
2012

6 Dangerous or Annoying Insects (and Other Pests) in Japan

I definitely don’t want to sound negative. I’m not one of those frustrated people who just keep complaining about Japan, but I want to show you the real Japan in my blog as much as possible. Aside from all the great and beautiful things I discover during my traveling, there are also some bad things […]

Jul
25
2012

Aka Tombo: The Red Dragonfly

When visiting Japan one of the more pleasant insects you might see if you’re a bit lucky is the red dragonfly (aka tombo, 赤とんぼ). My area seems to be especially famous as many of them used to gather there, but I heard that in recent years there are less and less. Favorite Photo #3: Aka […]

Jul
22
2012

Why are you interested in Japan?

I’m very often asked by Japanese people: “Why did you come to Japan? What is your interest in Japan?” There’s this documentation (interviews with people living in Japan) called “A Life in Japan”. In the beginning various people tell us their reason(s) for coming to Japan. – WATCH THE MOVIE HERE – The movie then […]

Jul
15
2012

Blog: Surviving in Japan

After introducing the brand new online magazine “Tsuki” in my last recommendation post, I want to go ahead and present you a great blog today! “Surviving in Japan (without much Japanese)” (click) Although I’ve been in Japan for quite a few years now I always discover new, valuable information in this blog. While it mainly […]

Jul
8
2012

Gunkanjima – Battleship Island

After leaving Yakushima, my next destination was Nagasaki. I’ve been to Nagasaki before (blog posts will follow) and it’s still one of my favorite Japanese cities! This time I was heading to a really cool sight: Gunkanjima – also known as “Battleship Island”   Visited: January 6th 2012 The easiest way to get to Gunkanjima […]

Jul
5
2012

Himono Onna – The Dried Fish Woman

I’m pretty sure that most of you know what a dried fish is, right? I also think you’ve heard of “women”? But what on earth is a “dried fish woman”? Japanese society can be tough. There’s this infamous saying:     „The nail that sticks out gets hammered.” Unfortunately this saying is often the sad reality […]

Jul
1
2012

Shiratani Unsuikyo (Yakushima Day 3)

After visiting some waterfalls and the Yakushima Fruit Garden on my first day as well as the Yakusugi Land and Yakusugi Museum on my second day, I finally got to visit the highlight I had been longing for: Shiratani Unsuikyo Ravine (白谷雲水峡)   Visited: January 5th 2012 Shiratani Unsuikyo is another primeval forest similar to […]

Jun
28
2012

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge (Photo #2)

Today’s photo features one of my favorite bridges in Japan: The Akashi Kaikyo Bridge is with almost 4km the world’s longest suspension bridge! The bridge connects Maiko in Kobe with Awaji Island. It’s a relatively new bridge and was opened in 1998! For bridge lovers I suggest you check out the Bridge Exhibition Center at […]

Jun
24
2012

Yakusugi Land and Museum (Yakushima Day 2)

If you haven’t yet you should first check out Yakushima Day 1: Waterfalls and Fruit Garden. For detailed tourist information about Yakushima, you should download this pdf file provided by the Japan National Tourism Organization . If you plan to visit Yakushima I also highly recommend the guidebook “Yakushima: A Yakumonkey Guide” written by Clive […]

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