I’ll be back!

Just a quick heads-up, this blog has been inactive for a while because I was swamped with work and thesis stuff. I do, however, have detailed write-ups of our past trips up my sleeve, as well as guides to off-the-beaten-track destinations in China. In addition, I’ll compile a few reports and insights to share about…

Otaku Style: Alternative Japan – Dark Edition (under construction)

A guide to alternative Japan with focus on special interests (“otaku”), this time, everything dark and mysterious. Featuring music and fashion (Gothic/Lolita/Visual Kei) and generally places with a darker backstory. This post is under construction (as are all the others) and will be fleshed out with detail later on. If you have any recommendations or…

Down-to-Earth Osaka

Part 4 of our 2014 trip to Japan Osaka seems to be little more than a transit place for most people, but we actually liked the city better than e.g. Tokyo. It felt more down-to-earth, more approachable to us. We arrived in the early morning after the Willer Bus trip from Hiroshima. A little dazed,…

Kansai Region Day Trips – Deer, Tea and Monks

Part 3 of our 2014 trip to Japan Places visited: Kobe, Nara, Koyasan, Uji Of course, our time in the Kansai region did not start with various day trips. We spent a week each in Osaka and Kyoto, which is a lot to write about, so I’m starting with the more manageable accounts of the…

Chugoku – in the past targeted, in the present oft-overlooked

Part 2 of our 2014 trip to Japan Places visited: Hiroshima, Miyajima, Kure, Okunoshima Hiroshima greeted us with a heavy thunderstorm. It even caused a massive mudslide north of the city, as we would find out later. When the lightning had abated a bit, we rushed through the rain to our hotel, wearing our disposable…

Japan’s Hot-Spot Kyushu – Volcanoes, Fireworks and Onsen

Part I of our 2014 trip to Japan Kokura, Fukuoka, Kumamoto, Aso, Shimabara, Obama Onsen, Unzen, Nagasaki We arrived at KIX in August, just before Obon. Customs went smoothly, although the officer was amused/taken aback by the roll of toilet paper on top of my luggage, leftovers from a . As we stepped out of…