Early Cherry Blossoms

The last weeks were packed with work, so I decided that I need a day off and went last Friday to Shinjuku Gyoen to see some early cherry blossoms. The Sakura forecast for this year predicts the blooming for Tokyo between March 29th and April 6th so I was way too early for the major…

Dokkyô Daigaku

When I came to Japan for one year as exchange student I was enrolled in the Dokkyô Daigaku (Dokkyô University) in Sôka and spend the better part of my days on campus in the first half year for my studies. Though, to be honest, there wasn’t a whole lot of studying going on and it…

Hanami and a visit to Osaka Castle

The Sightseeing part of the schedule started off with perfect weather and a cherry blossom viewing by boat. The cherry blossom trees in Osaka, lined up alongside the river(s) can be seen beautifully from the water, although I am afraid the pictures with my phone didn’t turn out so well and don’t do the scenery…