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…

Autumn Foliage in Korea: Gyeongju

Gyeongju, once the capital of the 1,000-year-long Silla dynasty, is known to be a history museum without walls and often recommended for its autumn foliage. Wanting to see a bit of Korea’s countryside and smaller towns, we decided to do a day trip to Gyeongju from Busan by train. (Read about our trip to Busan…

Busan’s colourful rooftops

Continuing our travels through South Korea (continue here if you missed our trip to Seoul!), we took the train south-bound from Seoul to Busan. It takes less than 3 hours to get to Busan on the high speed train and it’s quite a change in atmosphere! At first we weren’t sure how much we liked…

Autumn in Seoul

We just came back from spending a full week in Korea, with four days in Seoul and three days in Busan. Weatherwise, we were spoilt with blue skies and up to 24°C in the daytime every day! Not to mention the rich colours of the autumn leaves everywhere… Spending four days in Seoul felt just…

A Historic Photography Walk Through Motomachi, Yokohama

It was definitely time again for me to find photography classes and go on a photography walk guided by a professional photographer. Finding any kind of classes in English for non-Japanese speakers is tough in Japan! Thankfully, I was able to get offered small group classes through work connections and as it’s still kinda summer…