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Japan

Only in Japan

2019-05-13T06:18:05+02:00

Disney, Snoopy, dinosaurs… Japanese adults seem to have a weird liking for children’s cartoons. I am getting sooo many compliments on the Hello Kitty socks I got from my Airbnb host! Nobody seems to have second thoughts about an adult wearing these. And what about [...]

Only in Japan2019-05-13T06:18:05+02:00

Kyoto

2019-05-13T06:02:10+02:00

My first impression of Kyoto is even better than Tokyo: the old town is almost like a village, with beautiful old wooden houses and temples and great tiny local restaurants. I stayed at a simple, very conveniently located Airbnb apartment. Walking distance from public transport and the famous [...]

Kyoto2019-05-13T06:02:10+02:00

Skiing in Yuzawa (Niigata)

2019-05-14T03:46:52+02:00

Just 160km from Tokyo (one hour by shinkansen bullet train) and you’re in a different world. Mountains, villages without the facilities of the big city and lots of snow. Most Japanese people work so hard that they can only go skiing for one day. [...]

Skiing in Yuzawa (Niigata)2019-05-14T03:46:52+02:00

Work with a view

2019-05-14T04:09:07+02:00

People work really hard in Tokyo. Many times I saw passengers on the metro falling asleep, some even while standing. I prefer to take it easy, have a good nights sleep and then pick a beautiful work spot to get some things done. My [...]

Work with a view2019-05-14T04:09:07+02:00

Lost in translation

2019-05-13T06:07:02+02:00

Three examples of how ordinary things (such as buying groceries in a supermarket, finding a shower and flushing a toilet) can become ‘adventures’ when you don’t speak the language…. Next in line, please Even going to the supermarket is an adventure in Japan. [...]

Lost in translation2019-05-13T06:07:02+02:00

Tokyo street impressions

2019-05-14T03:58:36+02:00

Japanese people live in tiny apartments because there is so little space and so many people… Check out these videos of a subway station and a busy intersection: The people in the subway station are trying to get home, I was trying to get to [...]

Tokyo street impressions2019-05-14T03:58:36+02:00

Tiny living

2019-05-14T03:55:48+02:00

I first stayed in a tiny Airbnb apartment in Bunkyo, a very local area in Tokyo. No more than 14m2, but it has everything, including a mini kitchen with a mini washing machine and a cozy bathroom with a mini bathtub! I had to squeeze myself to the [...]

Tiny living2019-05-14T03:55:48+02:00