Dec
22
2011

Christmas in Japan

We all know it, in a few days it’s Christmas! Yes, even here in Japan! But to be honest, most of the time I don’t even notice it’s Christmas time here. Maybe that’s just me. Today, I want to tell you a little about how Christmas in Japan is celebrated. Actually I live in the […]

Dec
17
2011

Year of the Tiger figures

As we’re approaching the end of the year, it’s time to stock up on items for the new year here in Japan! All around me are dragon items as 2012 is the year of the dragon. Super cute New Year cards, dragon figures and many other dragon related items are available!   My “Year of […]

Dec
16
2011

Japanese Driver’s License

Since yesterday I’m the proud owner of a Japanese driver’s license! Despite being in Japan for almost 4 years now, I didn’t have any until now. I thought it might be interesting to read about the process of obtaining a Japanese driver’s license as a foreigner, so I’m gonna share my experience. In order to […]

Dec
14
2011

Dotonbori (Namba, Osaka)

I’m pretty sure that everybody who has ever been to Osaka knows about the popular district called Dotonbori. It’s in the shopping area close to Namba Station. Actually you can walk all the way from Namba Station to Shinsaibashi Station (subway). There are MILLIONS of shops, cafés, restaurants, game centers, host clubs ETC. and as […]

Dec
9
2011

Autumn Colors in Japan – 2011 (Part 2)

Autumn seems to be over now. Actually we had our first snow today (初雪: hatsuyuki = first snow). I want to use this opportunity to say goodbye to my favorite season in Japan! The photos you’ll see were taken last week, just around my apartment. Please enjoy the beautiful autumn colors in Japan with me! […]

Dec
8
2011

Akabeko: Red Cow of Aizu

Akabeko (赤べこ) is a traditional toy from the Aizu region in Fukushima Prefecture. The toy is made from two pieces of papier-mâché-covered wood, shaped and painted to look like a red cow or ox. One piece represents the cow’s head and neck and the other its body. The head and neck hang from a string […]

Dec
3
2011

Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto

I visited Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto right after going to Momoyama Castle. Actually this was not my first time going to Fushimi Inari Shrine. I’ve been there once in September 2007. At that time it was extremely hot! Still it was one of my favorite memories of Japan back then. That was before I […]

Dec
2
2011

Japanese Taiko Drums

Have you ever heard of Japanese taiko drums? Literally translated taiko (太鼓) means “great (big/fat) drum”. Nowadays taiko performances are quite famous even outside of Japan. “Yamato” is a group of taiko players who performs on stages worldwide. If you ever have a chance, go and check them out! Here’s a short video that I […]

Nov
28
2011

Momoyama Castle, Kyoto

Hello, today I want to introduce “Momoyama Castle” to you. Earlier this month I went to Kansai for the 2039473th time. I really love Kansai and I’ve been to many places there already, but there’s always something new to discover or something old to revisit / redo. Actually I’m a “castle hunter“. I’m in love […]

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