Tiny urban gardens of Setagaya

Quite obviously, space is an extremely scarce resource in Tokyo. Everything is a bit smaller than what you’re used to as foreigner – cars, houses, apartments, you name it. But since looking at concrete and steel all day can really get you down, people in […]

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Venturing off the city limits

Today marks the third week living in Japan and I had not set foot outside of the city until now. Hence, even though the weather report was all but promising, the first destination of choice was Miura Peninsula, about 90 minutes away from Tokyo.Right at […]

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I found an apartment!

After I had shortlisted roughly a dozen apartments in Setagaya and Meguro, I reached out to the first agency to inquire whether any of them would still available. None of them were. Either occupied, not available until way later in the year, or would be […]

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Visiting the Mori Art Museum

Located at the 52nd floor in downtown Roppongi lies the Mori Museum of contemporary art. And since I had some appointments in Roppongi anyway today, I thought why not have a look? Their current exhibition by Berlin-based artist Shiota Chiharu involved several large-scale wool installations, […]

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Views from atop

Yesterday was a productive second day: I managed to get a bank account, a Japanese SIM card and registered with the local ward office. What that actually means is that a nice lady from the agency that is supporting my onboarding process did all of […]

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This is it.

Yesterday afternoon, I finally set foot on Japanese soil and became a resident of the island nation. Saying that all of this still feels a bit unreal to me is an understatement. Which is why it will probably take a few days to realize that […]

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Calm before the storm

As a final act before the turbulences of moving begin, I took two weeks off to travel the Caucasus Mountains in northern Georgia together with a friend of mine. The area around World Heritage Site Mestia offered us challenging treks, a landscape that was not […]

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Farewell 3GPP SA3

Leaving my job at Deutsche Telekom sadly also means no longer attending Security Working Group meetings of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project. I consider myself lucky, having been able to work with such extremely capable and kind people on 5G security standards. The past one […]

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