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 […]

I've left Japan.
Apr
9
2015

Teaching German in Japan – The Truth About Job Opportunities

As most of you might know by now I’m a “German Alien in Japan“. A lot of you might think that I’m working as a German teacher, but I’m actually working as an English teacher here in Japan. Why, you ask? Well, that’s because it’s extremely difficult to find a job as a German teacher […]

Teaching German in Japan
Apr
3
2015

9 Things You Might Miss When Living in Japan

So, you’re finally in Japan. You’ve made it here and you’re the happiest being around town. Great. But once this ‘honeymoon’ stage is over, you’ll start to see some of the “dark sides” as well. You’ll miss certain things for sure. And I’m not talking about being homesick here! Obviously what you’ll miss depends greatly […]

Things You Might Miss When Living in Japan
Feb
18
2015

About Leaving or Staying in Japan

It’s probably safe to assume that if you’re reading this, you’re interested in Japan. Maybe you even love this country of the rising sun. So, now you wonder how would anyone who managed to come and live here want to ever leave again? Well, I’m sure that anyone who has lived in Japan for a […]

Leaving or Staying in Japan
Feb
7
2015

Dating A Japanese Man – An Insider Guide

Hey guys, my name is Yuta. I’m a Japanese blogger, YouTuber, author, etc. (I do a lot of stuff!) You might be wondering: what is this dude doing here? Well, I recently wrote a book called “There’s Something I Want to Tell You: True Stories of Mixed Dating in Japan“. Jasmine’s blog “Zooming Japan” has […]

Dating a Japanese Man
Jan
30
2015

Top Japanese Skin Care Products

You probably already know that Japanese women – or Asian women in general – are really into make-up and skin care. And if you’ve ever been to a drug store in Japan you might have noticed the huge variety of awesome Japanese skin care products and make-up items that are available. But it might be […]

Japanese Skin Care Products
Jan
23
2015

But I AM speaking Japanese!

You can speak basic Japanese. You know a few words. Japanese people compliment you after a mere “arigatou”. But what happens when you actually speak Japanese (pretty much) fluently? Will the compliments stop? Will people think you’re the most awesome person ever? Will you finally be able to communicate with Japanese people properly? Uh, maybe […]

Life as a German in Japan
Jul
19
2014

Dating in Japan as an American Woman

Things I wish I had known before I moved to Tokyo Anyone who has spent time in Japan can tell you that, of the interracial couples you find on the street, a disproportionately large number of them are non-Asian men dating Japanese women. I don’t want to hate any of these men (or women), I’m […]

Dating in Japan as an American Woman
Jun
29
2014

Error: Why Your Foreign Name Is Most Likely Too Long For Japan

So, you’ve finally arrived in the land of your dreams: Narnia …. err, I mean Japan! All these beautiful Japanese women who’ve just been waiting for you. All this breathtaking nature, ancient castles, shrines and temples. Yes, you’re finally in Japan. Congratulations! But beware, you might wake up one morning and notice that life isn’t […]

Life as a German in Japan
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