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May 2021 books

I wanted to start a new tradition of updating you on which books I’ve read for the month with a small review alongside. In case you’re on the hunt for a new book or simply interested in my reviews, keep reading! Kusamakura by Natsume Soseki Kusamakura was on my required reading list for the semester. […]

Top Instagrammable cafes in Tokyo

Tokyo is filled with beautiful cafes everywhere. Recently I’ve been visiting quite a lot of them and they all have something special (or shall I say Instagram worthy) about them. Which one would you like to try? 2D Cafe This cafe made me feel like I was transported to a comic strip! The area of […]

Relaxing wonders of Hakone onsen

A trip to Hakone had been a dream of mine ever since I arrived in Japan. Here I am (only a year and a half later) and I finally visited the town known for its beautiful lake, shrines and sulfur-smelling baths. Hot spring baths or onsen are a huge part of Japanese culture and Hakone […]

All you can eat strawberry picking near Tokyo

You might think you know strawberries, but Japan takes it to the next level. Japanese strawberries are perfected to taste the best! Around Japan, different types of strawberries are produced, depending on the prefectures. Some quintessentials are Tochi Otome or ‘Tochigi Maiden’ (from Tochigi), Amao or ‘Sweet King’ (from Fukuoka) and Beni Hoppe or ‘Red […]

5 days in OKINAWA

Okinawa has so many beautiful places that it is almost impossible to visit in only 5 days. The most beautiful beaches one after another, a perfect climate and some of the best food to enjoy under the sun. Thanks to the Go To Travel campaign in Japan, we snatched an amazing deal; a package including […]

How learning Japanese has changed my life

Apart from training the mind to learn a new language and to be able to communicate more effectively in Japan, there are a few things that learning Japanese has taught me about Japan and the Japanese mindset, which has in turn greatly influenced my own life and mindset here. This is because Japanese has very […]

Why I moved to Japan

Moving to Japan was not something I imagined I’d ever do. Yet here I am. I uprooted my life, packed up my things and started a new chapter in an entirely different part of the world. Moving miles across the globe is no easy feat but it is one of the best decisions I ever made. Let me tell you the story of why I moved to Japan.

Black Lives Matter beyond social media

Illustration by Sacrée Frangine: The past week, I’ve been feeling very conflicted. It’s sickening that a man has lost his life because of racial violence. And it makes me sicker even to think of how many more are suffering from everyday racism, not only in the U.S., but worldwide. Systemic racism is real, and […]

Life in Japan (update)

I’m back on the blog sphere! I thought it fitting to begin with an update on my life in Japan, alongside a randomly gathered stream of thoughts.

Totoro cream puff heaven at Shiro Hige’s Cream Puff Factory

Cream puffs might, upon first sound, not seem all that exciting. You might have had one, or more, at some point in your life. However, even if you’ve tried all of the different shapes and varieties out there, you probably haven’t tried the creme de la creme.

Tokyo lifestyle

It’s been about a week since I landed in Tokyo and I’ve tried to make myself at home here as much as I can. So far, I’ve discovered the very cozy and homely area of Setagaya where I live and the dynamic surroundings of my new university in the city center, as well as the bustling atmosphere in places like Shibuya and Harajuku and the quieter, more intimate places in its vicinity. I’ve been trying my best to acclimatize in my new city, although, to be honest, to fully integrate might take me the whole of my two years here (probably more like a whole lifetime).

Moving to Japan

To my family, my friends and those who have just stumbled upon this site accidentally:
Hi and welcome to this blog. I am very happy that you’re here and that
you’re interested in following my adventures and experiences of living
and studying full-time in Japan.