[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 […]


Usagi Cafe Ohisama – Super Kawaii Rabbit Cafe in Tokyo

Are you a cat cafe fan looking for a new animal cafe experience? Your next step should be to visit a rabbit cafe. Located in Shimo-Kitazawa, a hip town in Tokyo with heaps of funky cafes and restaurants, Usagi Cafe Ohisama is a must visit for those into kawaii culture.   What is a Rabbit […]


Adorable Owl Cafe in Harajuku

I recently got to spend some time in Tokyo again and wanted to visit animal and theme cafes that I haven’t been to yet. Cat cafes are great, but I wanted to try something else this time, so together with Ali (Haikugirl) I went to a super adorable owl cafe in Harajuku. Visited: December 3rd […]


3 English-Friendly, Must See Ainu Destinations Around Sapporo

The topic of the Ainu is something rarely discussed in Japan. They are Japan’s mysterious native people who were pushed north, oppressed, and had their language and culture legally suppressed by the Wajin (ethnic Japanese). To some, they’re an interesting, cultural curiosity rarely heard of in the outside world. While Hokkaido is known for its […]


One of the World’s Tallest Statues: Ushiku Daibutsu

Japan has a lot of impressive Buddha statues, probably a lot more than you’d think. A lot of them claim to be the largest, tallest, heaviest etc. of their type, but Ushiku Daibutsu used to be the tallest statue in the WORLD until recently and is noted in the Guinness Book of Records! Visited: October […]


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 […]


Cat Lovers: Don’t Miss These Cat Places in Japan!

It’s not a secret that I’m a huge cat lover. Are you one, too? There are many awesome cat places in Japan I want to introduce to you today. You absolutely can’t miss them if you’re visiting Japan! You might have heard about Maneki Neko, Cat Cafés …. and maybe even Cat Island?! In this […]


The Beauty of Japan Captured on Video

If you are a regular reader, I probably don’t have to tell you that Japan is a beautiful and interesting country. I try my best to show you this through my photos, but you’ve probably noticed the lack of videos. I admit that I neither have proper equipment nor the necessary skills or knowledge to […]


2 Years Zooming Japan: Reflections

Exactly 2 years ago the first blog post was published here on “Zooming Japan”. On November 13th in 2011 I started out with an article telling you how I made it to Japan. I can’t believe it has been two years already! A lot of things have changed since then and I’m really grateful to […]

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