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…

A Small Act of Kindness Can Have a Big Impact

When we deliver a small act of kindness to a friend or even a stranger, it will have an even bigger impact on them receiving this kindness, than it took you to deliver it. Not just that, but people who have received an unexpected act of kindness, are more likely to pass it on to…

Escaping Tokyo‘s summer heat

It‘s the beginning of our second year living in Yokohama, near Tokyo, and there are still so many places in Tokyo on our bucket list. One of them came highly recommended for hot summer days by Tokyo tourist website „Tokyo-go“: Todoroki Valley. Todoroki Valley The valley is easy to reach as it’s just a few…