Feb
3
2012

Setsubun: Bean Throwing Day

Happy “Bean Throwing Day“! “Demons out, Good Fortune in!” – that’s today’s motto as it’s “Setsubun” (節分) today (February 3rd). It’s one of my favorite days of the year, so I thought I’d share it with you and tell you some more about it. Well, what do you do on “Bean Throwing Day”? Yeah, right! […]

Jan
29
2012

Maneki Neko figure

Today I want to introduce “Maneki neko figures” to you as they’re very popular in Japan. I love cats and it breaks my heart that I haven’t had one ever since moving to Japan. Most apartments don’t allow pets and my current shoebox (= 1 room apartment! ) would be too small anyways. Yet Japan […]

Jan
27
2012

Yufuin (Oita, Kyushu)

Hello! Let me introduce Yufuin to you today! It’s been snowing the past few days. Right now it’s raining. This makes me feel lucky about the weather I had during my winter vacation, although it was cloudy most of the time! Anyways, after leaving Nakatsu I arrived in Yufuin (湯布院) which is also situated in […]

Jan
22
2012

Japanese New Year Cards (Nengajo)

Today I want to tell you a little about the custom of sending Japanese New Year Cards, better known as “nengajo” (年賀状). You might think I’m already far too late for that? No, not really and you’ll soon understand why! Now, if you think that Japanese New Year Cards are similar to Christmas Cards, you’re […]

Jan
20
2012

Nakatsu City in Oita Prefecture

I guess it’s finally time to report about my awesome winter vacation in Kyushu! Let’s start with the first day of my winter vacation that I spent in Nakatsu City, Oita Prefecture. I stayed in Kyushu during the entire time. From Kita-Kyushu and Hakata (Fukuoka) it’s not so far to Oita Prefecture and so that […]

Jan
13
2012

Kyushu Winter Vacation 2012

Hello! Obviously I’m back from my Kyushu winter vacation. First of all: HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012! Let’s hope that the year of the dragon will give us strength and let this be a good year! Unfortunately I’ll move in 6 weeks. It will be my first move within Japan and there are so, so many […]

Dec
29
2011

Away Notice: Winter Vacation 2011/12

Hello. I just wanted to let you know quickly that I’ll be gone for winter vacation. I’m sorry that I haven’t posted at all recently, but there are a lot of things going on in my life recently. For the first time since coming to Japan I’m changing jobs, moving apartments (and prefectures) – and […]

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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 […]

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