9 Days in Kyushu: Nagasaki

The final stop on our travels through Kyushu was Nagasaki, famous for housing one of the first ports that opened Japan to the outside world for international trade in the 16th century. Unfortunately, it is also well known for the atomic bomb that hit Nagasaki during the second world war. After having visited Hiroshima exactly…

Hydrangea Season in Japan

Even after two years of living in Japan, it still amazes me how we casually move from one beautiful flower season to the next. Just a few weeks ago, the streets were lined with pink azaleas and before that, colourful tulips were out in a beautiful display at Yokohama Park. I didn’t realise until this…

5 Tips for Studying A New Language

Have you recently started to learn a new language and are looking for study tips and tricks? Or have you been studying a language for a long time and are running out of ideas of how to keep it going? Here are some of our favourite study methods to learn Chinese and Japanese that were…

9 Days in Kyushu: Kumamoto

Kumamoto is famous for it’s castle dating back to the 17th century, which is why we made sure to stop there for one night on our way up the west coast of Kyushu towards Nagasaki. Although Kumamoto is actually quite a large city (with over 738,000 residents), the castle is definitely the central attraction for…

9 Days in Kyushu: Izumi Farm Stay

The second overnight stop on our Kyushu adventure was Izumi for a farm stay. We found out about the option of doing a farm stay in the quiet countryside while researching itineraries in Kyushu. The promotional video below gives you a good idea of the sightseeing you might be able to do in Izumi and…

9 Days in Kyushu: Ibusuki

With only one day left in south Kyushu’s Kagoshima, we had a hard time deciding whether to spend it on the island Sakurajima with Japan’s most active volcano; or whether to head more south to the town Ibusuki to visit a mystery island and hot sand bath. After talking to friendly locals at dinner, we…

9 Days in Kyushu: Kagoshima

While things took off in Europe Corona-wise, life went on as normal in Japan at the end of March and we were lucky to be able to take a 9-day holiday in Kyushu. When it came to planning our trip, I found it a bit more tricky than planning trips to the more widely known…

Building New Habits

In recent months I increasingly realised that life is all about the habits you create – most often subconsciously. If you want to be successful in life, you need to diligently work on building the right habits that bring you closer to success a little bit every day. We often don’t realise that it’s the…

In Search of Mount Fuji: Lake Kawaguchi

It was my second birthday celebration in Japan and once again, the weather was rainy and rather chilly. But nonetheless, we went ahead with our plan to spend the weekend in a traditional Japanese guesthouse by Lake Kawaguchi, one of the Fuji Five Lakes! Having spent my birthday on a weekend trip away to Hangzhou…

Autumn Leaves Festival at Showa Kinen Park

With this being our second year in Japan, we’re trying to catch up on as many events that we missed last year, as possible. One of them being: attending an autumn leaves festival. There are actually quite a number of parks and gardens in Tokyo that open late in the evening with the trees lit…