Hip Hip Hooray for Solar Power

I think I have mentioned before that our apartment has solar cells, which I thought to be quite fancy. I’m sure most of you know how the system works, but let me just give a short overview. The energy the solar cells generate, which is on average about 7 kw, is used whenever possible before…

Driving Experience in Japan

The last weekend my husband and I got to lent the company car from where he works, so we could make a trip to IKEA (I thought it would beneficial to have more than two chairs if we were to invite someone over…). On Friday I was in Tokyo and on my way back in…

An experience japanese speaking foreigners find annoying

Something that comes up time and again while speaking with foreigners that live or traveled in Japan (who speak japanese) is a certain experience. Let me give you an example. I was just on my way to the station when a friendly middle-aged japanese Lady stopped me. “Excuse me, どこの国から来ました?” (Excuse me, what country are…

The Zairyu Card Gamble – Do I get the Geb. ?

September last year I read an article on the Japan Times website titled “Mind the ‘geb’: Little word is a big problem for Japan’s German residents”. I was until then totally unaware of the strange implications that a change in the japanese immigration law had brought onto german passport holders. In short, the new law…

Save money with a visit at the recycle shop

Making a trip to a recycle shop is probably not the first thing on your mind when you plan your trip to Japan. Yet it might be worth it to have a look around. Though you might not find your favourite Manga or Anime, or any kind of books for that matter (because they have…

Overdue Moving Update

We finally did it – we moved into our own apartment. Well, actually we already moved the weekend before last (18.04.), but I really don’t know where the time in between went. The Preparations The Friday I packed everything up, stuffing all our clothes back into the suitcases, as well as all the additional things…

Online Shopping in Japan

So as you might know I was a little concerned about my size and the way I would be perceived in Japan. Also I was very sure that I wouldn’t be able to buy a lot of clothes because of the size. Though I am still somewhat unsure about the first part I was definitely…

Official Hanami until late at night

You can look at pictures of cherry blossoms or walk by yourself under the beautiful trees, but an official hanami is the most fun. Last week the Hanami of the company my husband works for took place and every year anew it is cause for anticipation and on the day after for a lot of…