If in Tokyo, make sure to spend a day in the town of Kamakura – once the capital of Japan. Walk along sandy beaches, see the big Buddha and also – take the buss up the hill and visit Hokoku-ji shrine and its neighboring bamboo forest. Like a miniature of the famous bamboo forest in […]
Hanami [lit. to view flowers] is the happiest time a year in Japan. Around the last week of March and first week of April the season usually reaches Tokyo, and thousands upon thousands of cherry blossom turn into light pink cotton candy that puts a magical glare over the capital. People head for the parks […]
The famous snow monkeys of Japan are said to be the only monkeys that like to take a bath – in their case, in the heated hot springs, onsen, to protect themselves from the cold up in the mountains of Nagano.
Why celebrate Halloween in the states when you can be right in the middle of a buzzing costume parade, lit by the flashing lights of the world famous Shibuya Crossing? 2014 was the year that October became prime time to visit Japan, and when the world media had their eyes on the spectacles and creativity […]
I fell in love with Taipei the second we got of the plane. This buzzing metropolitan combines the best of China, Japan and the West, all in the same place, while also inviting you to take part of its very own culture and vibe. The food is amazing (yes – eat dumplings, yes – eat […]
Awa Odori is a traditional Japanese street festival – taking place in the summer to celebrate the harvest season. The festival has its orginal from around 1100, and is still set up at several places around Japan each year. When living in Minami-Koshigaya in Saitama-ken, about 20km North of Tokyo, we got to experience the […]
A mix of photos from a weekend spent in the mountain areas around Oze National Park, around 4 hours by car north of Tokyo. We stayed in cabins at Karama2, exploring the nature, national park and onsen areas during the day. Barbecuing at night.
Okonomiyaki [lit. what you liked – grilled] is a popular Japanese comfort food – to be compared with a pizza or pancake with everything you like – form sea food to vegetables meat and natto. The dish is most famous from Osaka and Hiroshima – but Tokyo also has its share of Okonomiyaki restaurants – […]
If you’re in the search for neon lights, head to Shinjuku. Here you’ll find more blinking lights, giant advertisement signs, and busy crowds than almost anywhere else in Tokyo. Head out Shinjuku Station’s East Exit and walk towards Kabukichō, Tokyo’s red-light-district. This is also the area where you’ll find the savory yakitori shops along Piss […]
New York bar, immortalized by the movie Lost in Translation. High up in the air, on the 52nd floor of the Park Hyatt in Shinjuku, you’ll find this beautiful, melancholic bar, with breathtaking views and live jazz bands playing every night. Come at sunset to experience the city transform with soft pink light and metallic […]