All posts by “Hans

Izu and Hakone

This is a blog post I originally started typing back in late June 2021. Since I finally made the effort to convert my driver’s license into a Japanese one, we had rented a car and drove down to Izu peninsula in Shizuoka prefecture. The place […]

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Golden Autumn in Nikko

We are in dire need of a change of scene here in Japan! Although borders are not closed per se, the long quarantine period on return still makes it super impractical to go anywhere outside of the country. Thankfully, with regards to new COVID cases, […]

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Japan’s Hortensia Season

One of the things I’ve particularly grown to appreaciate living in Japan is the stong sense of seasons. No matter what time of the year, you can be sure that there are special seasonal dishes, events, flowers, etc. – and people really embrace it! Sakura is […]

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Sneak Peek Into Hell

… and yet it looks so pretty! Since the Tokyo region is under a state of emergency once again — much stricter than the previous two — Golden Week 2021 turned out to be rather eventless. One notable exception was our day-trip to Hell Peek […]

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Sakura in Kanazawa

‘Tis the season of cherry blossom (sakura) in Japan and after several months in Tokyo, spent mostly indoors, it was about time to get away from city for a while. Kanazawa is worth a visit in any season, but especially at this time of the […]

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Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2021, everyone! You made it through the mess that was 2020 and are more than deserving of a year filled with less stress and anxiety. May you, your family and friends be safe and have a joyful, prosperous new year. Instead of any celebration […]

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Christmas in the City

Winter has arrived in Japan –in some places much harsher than in Tokyo– and temperatures have been dropping to the low single digits in recent days. It is this time of the year that I am reminded again just how insufficient the insulation in your […]

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Strolling Around Mitakesan

It’s been a while since visiting the mountains in and around Tokyo prefecture and autumn is one of the best times to do so. That’s why last weekend we headed out to Mt. Mitake about two hours away from downtown. A bit less touristy than […]

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Welcome to the Japanese Countryside

Japan with its rich history and unique cultural heritage is an amazing place to visit as a tourist. Having been brought up in the West, there is a plethora of things to discover virtually all over the country that seem new and exciting. Personally, as […]

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