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Ema: Wooden Wishing Plaques

Today I want to introduce “Ema” (絵馬) which are wooden wishing plaques of Japanese shrines. I’m sure most of you have seen them when visiting Japan or on various photos, but you weren’t sure what exactly...

Travel

Udo Shrine in Miyazaki

Kyushu is really beautiful – and Miyazaki Prefecture is no exception. Besides beautiful Aoshima, Miyazaki’s Nichinan coast has other nice spots to offer. After visiting Aoshima I took the same bus line as before which...

Travel

Spring in Japan: My trips in 2012

Spring in Japan is one of my favorite times to travel! I’ve done 2 major trips (5 days to Kanto / Chubu in April and 9 days to Tohoku / Hokkaido in May) and several day trips all around Honshu. Here’s a small preview...

Travel

Aoshima Island in Miyazaki

This is a continuation of my winter vacation in Kyushu. After visiting Miyazaki Shrine and Heiwadai Park in the city center of Miyazaki I decided to take a day trip along the awesome and beautiful Nichinan Coastline featuring...

Life in Japan

Being a German Alien in Japan

Being a foreigner in Japan has its good and its bad points and I’m sure everyone who has lived in Japan for several years like me has their own experiences and strange encounters. I always joke about it, but actually...

Nature

16 Great Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots in Japan

Spring time in Japan is one of the best seasons to visit. One of the peak travel seasons in Japan is obviously cherry blossom season. Here’s a random selection of great cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan. Obviously there...

Travel

Miyazaki Shrine and Heiwadai Park

This is a continuation of my winter vacation 2011/2012 travel report. After leaving Nobeoka before noon I went to Miyazaki City where I spent the rest of the day visiting Miyazaki Shrine and Heiwadai Park. Visited: January 1st...