Jun
22
2012

Tsuki Magazine – Japan related literary magazine

I decided to create a new category called “recommendations“. The reason is simple. There are so many great books, magazines, websites, blogs, people and resources about Japan out there that I thought I should share some of them with you from time to time. As this is a brandnew category I thought it’s only fitting […]

Jun
19
2012

A German Alien in Japan – Wow, your Japanese is so good!

Life as a foreigner in Japan can be quite annoying sometimes. Everybody who has lived in Japan for a certain time knows that and will probably agree! While everybody has their very unique experiences, if you comb through them you’ll see a certain pattern! Everybody is going through the same things here, maybe slightly different, […]

Jun
10
2012

Dreaming of a Life in Japan: The reality

I’m sure a lot of you secretly dream of a life in Japan. Almost every day I get to read the same questions or statements in Japan related forums: “I want to live in Japan in the future. I have XY qualifications…” “I have no degree, no idea what I’m talking about, but I WILL […]

Jun
10
2012

Yufuin Cat Items – A Great Souvenir

Are you planning a trip to Japan? Do you have friends in Japan who offered to send you something? Don’t know what to get? Then I hope my “Japanese Items series” will help you!   I think a lot of people have similar problems! I have to admit it is hard as there are so […]

Jun
7
2012

Yumebutai – Awaji Island (Photo #1)

Today I want to introduce “Yumebutai” to you. A place that offers beautiful landscapes and flowers! Yumebutai (夢舞台) literally means “dream stage” consists of a conference center, a hotel, a memorial (of the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake) and some pretty awesome gardens! It can be easily accessed (more information here). If you’re in Akashi or […]

Jun
2
2012

Yakushima Day 1: Waterfalls and Fruit Garden

After visiting Miyazaki, I took a bus to Kagoshima where I stayed the night. From Kagoshima I took a ferry in the morning to Yakushima. I always wanted to visit Yakushima, but it is quite far out unless you live in Kagoshima Prefecture. Basically there are only 2 ways to access Yakushima. One is by […]

May
31
2012

Omikuji: Fortune-telling paper strips

In the last Wiki entry I introduced “ema” (Japanese wooden wishing plaques). Today I want to explain about another thing that you’ll find just as often in many shrines and temples: OMIKUJI You possibly could explain omikuji (御御籤, 御神籤, or おみくじ) in a very short phrase: fortune-telling paper strip. And yes, that’s pretty much what […]

May
28
2012

Miyazaki: Sunmesse Nichinan

After visiting Aoshima and Udo Shrine along the Nichinan Coast, my last destination of the day was the Sunmesse Nichinan. It’s not really a typical tourist attraction for foreign tourists, I guess. It’s more like an amusement park. Visited: January 2nd 2012 The reason I wanted to visit were those huge stone statues, also known […]

May
21
2012

Ema: Wooden Wishing Plaques

Today I want to introduce “Ema” (絵馬) – wooden wishing plaques of Japanese shrines. I’m sure most of you have seen them when visiting Japan or on various photos, but you maybe weren’t sure what exactly they are or what they’re called? “Ema” are wooden wishing plaques. This is a Shinto custom and thus can […]

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