Spring has arrived in Yokohama (or is it Summer now..?)

The weather in Yokohama is so similar to the one in Shanghai - one day you're cold and wondering whether to turn another heater on, and the next day you're not even ditching your jacket, but applying sunscreen. One of the things I feel so grateful about is being able to go for a walk [...]

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Bicycle tour with Mount Fuji Views in Odawara

Are you staying in Tokyo for a holiday or live in the Tokyo/Yokohama area and just want to get out for an authentic experience in the Japanese countryside with Mount Fuji views? Look no further and book your bicycle tour in Odawara! I found this bicycle tour on Air Bnb whilst looking for a place [...]

Autumn in Japan

Happy Friday everyone! Today, I would like to share with you an album of piano miniatures inspired by spending autumn in Japan. After visiting a Monet exhibition in October, I set myself the target of writing a timed 1 hour piano sketch each week as a way of combatting writer's block. In the end, some [...]

Make somebody else’s negativity your positivity!

Fed up with people's negativity on everything, I set one of my goals in life to finding something positive in daily negatives. Of course, it doesn't always work and most things can't even be explained with karma. But the negative outlook of some people really bothers me - you can decide if you want to [...]

Should I take up an international job contract in Shanghai?

Now that I’ve moved in Japan and have a bit of hindsight and perspective I thought I’d share my thoughts for those of you considering making the big move to Shanghai, or perhaps elsewhere in China. I moved to China for a teaching position at an international school at very short notice and had an [...]

Art Deco & ultra fashion in Meguro

Christmas is always the busiest seasons of them all! Which is my excuse of only writing about our little adventure in Meguro now. After having visited the Hida Takayama Museum of Art on holiday in the Japanese Alps, we rediscovered our love for art deco. As we read about the French art deco exhibition at [...]

Tokyo Photography Walk: Tsukishima & Tsukuda

22°C sunshine on a beautiful November day in Tokyo! That just calls for exploring one of Tokyo's 'best towns' (according to Metropolis) Tsukishima and neighbouring Tsukada. An autumn stroll along the river at Tsukuda Park lifted our weekend mood and brought us deeper into Tsukishima, exploring little alleys and tasting the local food in Tsukishima's [...]

The Japanese Alps & Beyond

Seeing photos of the autumn foliage in the Japanese Alps made our decision on where to go in late October very easy! Matsumoto seemed like the perfect place to start, as it's just a 3-hour train ride away from Yokohama and a perfect base for day trips and getting deeper into the Japanese Alps. Our highlight at the end of our trip was visiting the Gassho (thatched roof) Villages in and around Shirakawa-Go and staying in a traditional guesthouse in the mountains.

Rainy days at Yokohama English Garden

Just a few hours before the last typhoon hit Yokohama, we headed to the Yokohama English Garden and were surprised by a rain shower. The garden was almost empty due to the weather, but a few other people were as crazy as us, taking photos of the flowers covered in raindrops. It's actually quite challenging [...]