Winter is coming – 冬到来

11 Dec 2012 Japan Kyoto

Just right after Halloween had ended, the enterprises in Japan switched their decoration to Christmas inspired themes. So starting from November I could listen to Christmas songs while I went shopping, and admire Santa Claus figurines advertising the latest products. Autumn is known to be the finest season in Kyoto and therefore thousands of domestic and international […]

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Things you should do in Japan

26 Oct 2012 Japan

As my time in Japan is slowly coming towards an end I started thinking about if I really have made good use of my time so far and what I am still missing. I came up with this list:
  • Visit at least 3 major Islands (Honshu, Kyushu, Hokkaido, Shikoku, Okinawa)
  • Do Karaoke until dawn
  • Stay at a Japanese friend’s house
  • Visit Onsen regularly
  • Talk to a Japanese person every day
  • Go to a Karaoke with a girl you like
  • Get lost in Tokyo
  • Visit a rural place
  • Go to a Hanami (花見) with only Japanese people
  • Go to a Purikura (プリクラ)
  • Sleep at a temple
  • Sleep in a Ryokan (旅館)
  • Soak in a wild hot spring
  • Eat Sashimi (刺身)
  • Spend a night in a Love Hotel
  • Visit Yasukuni Shrine (靖国神社)
  • Eat Fugu (ふぐ)
  • Have a BBQ with Japanese friends
Some items are already checked, but others are still open. . . More suggestions are always welcome!

Kyoto – Osaka – Kobe – (almost) Tokushima

25 Aug 2012 Japan 大神子

Sometimes a man has to do, what he has to do. So I decided to use my summer vacation to see more of Japan. Because trains or busses are too expensive (and boring) I travel via hitchhiking. The first destination is Tokushima (徳島).

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Lake Biwa – 琵琶湖

25 Jun 2012 Japan マキノ

Last weekend I went to Lake Biwa with friends from my university. It is the largest fresh water lake in Japan and is very close to Kyoto.

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Eclipse – 日食

24 May 2012 Japan 仁和寺

On Monday, May 20th, I could witness a partial eclipse in Japan. The spectacle of nature started in the early morning at approximately 6:30 and had its tipping point around 7:32.

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Trip Through Qingchuan County and more

21 Apr 2011 China 四川唐家河国家级自然保护区

I know it has been some time since my last post. So I thought that I may share some photos from a trip we made through the lovely Qingchuan County (青川县).

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