Category Archives: Culture and Traditions

On this page you will find posts about japanese culture such as traditions, temples, festivals, sightseeing stuff etc. with a dash of historic background information, when it suits the topic. So let’s experience japanese culture together!

Omiyage

Hello everyone, It’s been a while since my last article… what can I say… university was stressful and a lot of things happened lately that kept me from writing new articles, including writing papers for seminars. But anyways I am … Continue reading

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Hanami

Hello everyone, Finally spring came around in Germany, the temperatures are rising and the cherry blossom started to bloom very nicely. This reminded me: It is Hanami season in Japan as well… So doing Hanami (Hana = flower and mi= … Continue reading

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Osaka: Kansai travel

Hello everyone, Osaka is, except for being an interesting city itself, the center of the Kansai-Region and the perfect base spot to do day trips, f. ex. to Kyoto (about 30 min by rapid train), to Nara (about 1h by … Continue reading

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Osaka: Museum of housing and living

Hello everyone, On one of my recreation days in Osaka (because you sometimes also need a break from sightseeing) I was browsing throw the webpage Japan guide ( link) to figure out what I could do or see in the … Continue reading

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Osaka: Shinsekai

Hello everyone, When I was in Japan, I also spent about 2 weeks in Osaka and got to meet some of my Japanese friends and also made a good new friend (an American girl). It was a really fun time … Continue reading

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Volunteering in Japan – week 2

Hello everyone, In the second week of my volunteering the house became a little busier i. e. more guests, more cleaning and less time for artsy stuff. But don’t get the wrong impression; we still had quite a lot of … Continue reading

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Volunteering in Japan – week 1

Hello everyone, For two weeks of my travel I have been in the Japanese countryside in a small town called Yugawara, which is near Hakone and Mt. Fuji to work as a volunteer at a guesthouse i.e. shared house. The … Continue reading

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Colorful Tokyo

Hello everyone, Since I’m back at home, I had some time to think about my journey and organizing my pictures. While doing that I came across a lot of pictures of Tokyo and realized, that most districts follow a certain … Continue reading

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Searching free Wi-Fi

Hello everyone! In Germany I usually use my mobile Wi-Fi connection (for over 5 years now) and mostly don’t even think about the downsides of being offline. Sometimes I would even turn it off on purpose so that I don’t … Continue reading

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A little bit more of Kyoto…

Hello everyone, If you’re into temples and shrines and history themed sightseeing, Kyoto is totally the Place to be for you! For me there were too many to choose from for the given time, so I decided to go for … Continue reading

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Sightseeing and a temple stay in Kyoto: Part 3

Hello everyone! After that very interesting Natto-Experience for breakfast, Michiyo and I went to the city to see some more Temples and have some kind of Okonomiyaki-lunch. This time a Kyoto style one that is called “Issen Yoshoku” and looks … Continue reading

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Sightseeing and temple stay in Kyoto: Part 2

Hello everyone! So we left the story, when we dropped Martin off, right? After that we went to the Kiyomizudera, one of the most famous temples in Kyoto. Though, Kyoto is packed full with temples, shrines and other historical buildings. … Continue reading

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Japanese Efficiency

Hello everyone, Today I would like to tell you a little bit more about Japanese efficiency. I mean there is this stereotype that Germans are efficient, but I have to say that Japanese people level us out by far! And … Continue reading

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Invented Traditions

Hello everyone! Do you know that there are these traditions in Japan that are not hundreds of years old, but were actually invented by someone just a few decades ago? I didn’t. So I was quite surprised and wondered how … Continue reading

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