Mar
22
2017

You Really Thought You’d Escape From Hay Fever in Japan?

It’s hay fever season in Japan again. Does this concern you? If you’re a tourist, yeah, maybe. If you’ve lived in Japan for a few years and think you’re safe, don’t be too sure!   Be Aware of the Pollen! Always!! These pollen causing hay fever are unique to Japan. So, even if you’ve never […]

Mar
12
2017

8 Reasons Why Japanese Wear Surgical Masks

I’m sure you’ve seen them. I’m sure you’ve heard about them. I have to admit that I was quite shocked when I first came to Japan and saw so many people running around with surgical masks. In Europe (as well as in most other regions of the world), you probably only wear these as a […]

Feb
11
2017

[My Japanese Life – Ep 02]: Anika from Germany

It’s time for another episode of “My Japanese Life”. This series has been brought to life to show you the different kinds of lifestyles, visa types and experiences of foreigners living in Japan. Today’s episode is featuring Anika, a fellow German woman who’s been living in Japan for many years. Today’s “My Japanese Life”: (Nick)name: […]

Oct
19
2016

How to use a Working Holiday Visa in Japan the right way

Did you know that Japan offers a Working Holiday Visa to young individuals of a variety of nationalities, allowing them to stay in Japan for a duration of 6-18 months (depending on the nationality) and to accept almost any fully remunerated job to finance their time in Japan? This is a great way to make […]

Oct
15
2016

[My Japanese Life – Ep 01]: Jasmine T. from Germany

Welcome to this new series that I call “My Japanese Life”. As I get so many similar questions concerning visa, work and life in general in Japan, I thought having various people share their experience is probably the best answer. I hope with this series you’ll get a realistic picture of life in Japan and […]

Oct
7
2016

2 Years After Leaving: Life in Germany vs Japan

I know it’s been quite a while since I last posted, but trust me, this blog isn’t dead yet. Actually I’m hitting the 2-year mark since my return from Japan soon. I figured it might be interesting to share my experience and current opinion about life in Germany vs Japan. As some of you might […]

Dec
29
2015

How to Find a Japanese Partner Online?

Ever since I started the “Dating in Japan” series people kept asking me about how and where to find a Japanese partner, especially when living outside of Japan. So, I figured I should at least share my personal experience a bit. Regular readers of my blog know that I’ve left Japan about a year ago. […]

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
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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