Jul
1
2015

Omiyage: The Culture of Souvenirs in Japan

Maybe you’ve already heard the word “omiyage” before. Maybe you also know that it translates to “souvenir”. But it’s not exactly the same as a souvenir. If you live in Japan or if you visit a Japanese family you should know about the gift-giving and omiyage culture in Japan. What exactly is “omiyage”? Omiyage (お土産) […]

Omiyage Culture in Japan
Jun
28
2015

Visiting Japanese Filming Locations of Dramas and Movies

Japan has so many sights to offer that it’s sometimes hard to choose. As you might know, I’m “hunting” Japanese castles. Others might go for gardens, sacred places or onsen. But there’s something else you could do and that is visiting Japanese filming locations of dramas and movies. It goes without saying that you’ll naturally […]

Japanese Filming Locations
Jun
12
2015

Akiyoshido: Japan’s Most Impressive Limestone Cave

Japan has some really impressive limestone caves. The largest one is called “Akiyoshido” (Akiyoshi Cave) and can be found in Yamaguchi Prefecture. But it’s not the cave alone that’s breathtaking. Read on to find out why you shouldn’t miss this sightseeing spot in Japan!~ Visited: February 2012 Akiyoshido (Akiyoshi Cave) in Yamaguchi Akiyoshido (秋芳洞) is […]

Akiyoshido and Akiyoshidai
Jun
7
2015

Why You Should Pay More Attention to the Chugoku Region of Japan

I bet you’ve heard about the Kanto and Kansai regions of Japan. Maybe you’ve also heard about Kyushu. But do you know anything about the Chugoku region of Japan? Most of you might have been there already without noticing. Yes, there are a few popular sights such as Hiroshima, Miyajima, Okayama, but the Chugoku region […]

Chugoku Region of Japan
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”. […]

From Germany to Japan Reverse Culture Shock
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 […]

Funny Cat Expressions and Phrases in Japanese
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 […]

Top 3 Night Views in Japan
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 […]

Learn Japanese - How I did it
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 […]

Japan Journeys Famous Woodblock Prints
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