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Tidying up Tama River

A while ago I wrote about typhoon No. 19, one of the strongest typhoons in recent Japanese history. Due to the heavy rainfalls throughout the whole Kanto region, the Tama River rose over 6 meters in certain areas, causing massive damage and leading to the […]

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Japan recovers from Hagibis

Typhoon No. 19, a.k.a. Hagibis, was headed for Japan’s main island of Honshu this weekend and thus, messed up last week’s plans of going to Kyoto. Instead, I experienced hoarding for the first time: Already by Thursday evening, it was difficult to get hold of […]

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Japan’s cookie-cutter summer festivals

Japanese people looove food. They love it over everything – up to the point where you sometimes get annoyed over how dull conversations often end up being, because food is simply the main thing many people talk about. Nowhere does this become more apparent than […]

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Lazy Sunday in Akihabara

The rain season finally seems to be over and the summer is here in Tokyo! And what do you do when the outside has more than 30°C and 90% humidity? You grab some of your colleagues and visit the arcade! The district of Akihabara will […]

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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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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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