Jun
3
2015

From Japan Back to Germany – Major Reverse Culture Shock

As you hopefully know by now, I have left Japan. Actually, I left Japan quite a while ago, but didn’t want to write about it immediately, because I wanted to take my time “saying goodbye to Japan”. The other reason is that I had to deal with a major “Germany to Japan reverse culture shock”. […]

May
31
2015

What I learned from Climbing Mount Fuji in August

“A wise man climbs Mt. Fuji once, only a fool climbs it twice.” (一度も登らぬ馬鹿、二度登る馬鹿。) – says a famous Japanese proverb. And yet I have the feeling that climbing Mt. Fuji once wasn’t enough. Or maybe I’m just one of those fools! ;) I’m sure you’re here because you want some valuable information about climbing Mt. […]

May
28
2015

Funny Cat Expressions and Phrases in Japanese

It’s not a secret. I love cats and I adore the way cats are “implemented” in the Japanese language. Today I want to introduce a few cat expressions and phrases in Japanese that you might want to remember! Don’t worry, they’re not very difficult and even someone with only basic Japanese knowledge should be able […]

May
22
2015

Top 3 Night Views in Japan

Japan loves lists, so it’s not a surprise that you’ll find lists for almost everything. For visitors this is perfect as it saves a lot of work! There are the “Top 3 Views of Japan“, “Top 3 Gardens in Japan” etc. Today, I want to introduce the best night views in Japan according to the […]

May
19
2015

Want to Learn Japanese? Here’s how I did it.

People often ask me how I learned Japanese. First of all, let me tell you that there is no fast and easy way to do so. If there are any books or websites that claim that, screw them! You gotta put a lot of effort and time into this. There’s no way around it. If […]

May
16
2015

Book Giveaway: Japan Journeys Famous Woodblock Prints

Do you like Japanese woodblock prints, also known as ukiyo-e? Then, I want to introduce a book to you that features some of the greatest artworks in the ukiyo-e world. I won’t just review the book, there’s also a giveaway for one of my readers, so read on until the very end! Japan Journeys: Famous […]

May
13
2015

Ainoshima – Yet Another Cat Island in Japan

You like cats? You know about those fancy cat cafés and you’ve visited Tama already? Well, good for you. But there’s actually a lot more to do and see for cat lovers in Japan. One of my favorite things to do is visiting cat islands. Yes, you got that right. PLURAL, as in more than […]

May
10
2015

Accessible Japan: How to Live and Travel in a Wheelchair?

Today we have a great guest post by Josh of “Accessible Japan” who’ll talk about how accessible and barrier-free Japan really is for wheelchair users: At 6 months of age, I was diagnosed with severe cerebral palsy and have used an electric wheelchair since I was 3 years-old. However, there was no way I was […]

May
7
2015

Sayonara Nippon! Why I’ve left Japan?!?

Huh? Wait! Jasmine has left Japan? When? Why? What? … … is what you’re probably thinking right now. I’m sorry if this comes as a shock to you. Or maybe it doesn’t? I’ve been living in Japan for seven years although I intended to only stay for one. As you might know I’ve recently had […]

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