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…

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…

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…

Cooking with Goya!

Today a nice Japanese colleague of ours took us to a traditional market street in the Bandobashi area of Yokohama to introduce us to a fantastic soba noodle restaurant and to show us around some shops. We took the opportunity to ask her about some of the local fruit and vegetables as she is an…

Spring has arrived in Yokohama (or is it Summer now..?)

The weather in Yokohama is so similar to the one in Shanghai – one day you’re cold and wondering whether to turn another heater on, and the next day you’re not just ditching your jacket, but also applying sunscreen. One of the things I feel so grateful about is being able to go for a…

Cycling with Mount Fuji Views in Odawara

Are you staying in Tokyo for a holiday or live in the Tokyo/Yokohama area and just want to get out for an authentic experience in the Japanese countryside with Mount Fuji views? Look no further and book your bicycle tour in Odawara! I found this bicycle tour on Air Bnb whilst looking for a place…

Rainy days at Yokohama English Garden

Just a few hours before the last typhoon hit Yokohama, we headed to the Yokohama English Garden and were surprised by a rain shower. The garden was almost empty due to the weather, but a few other people were as crazy as us, taking photos of the flowers covered in raindrops. It’s actually quite challenging…

Minatomirai – beautiful in the day, spectacular at night

Minatomirai 21 is Yokohama’s new urban central business district and probably the most popular place for sightseeing in Yokohama. The name ‘Minatomirai 21’ was selected in a public poll and means ‘Port of the future in the 21st century’. It’s the perfect place for shopping, relaxing, photography strolls, visiting museums and even for a roller…

Vietnamese egg coffee

I was so happy when I spotted Cafe Giang in Yokohama’s Chinatown, as this was our favourite place in Hanoi for egg coffee! Having an egg coffee was a routine whilst on holiday in Vietnam in February and became one of our fondest memories, especially of Hanoi. When we returned from our holiday, we even…