Travelling is my passion but Japan is my home. I live in Okinawa among the locals in the Ryukyu culture and under the hot sun of this tropical island. I am German and came from Siegen 6 years ago to study and live here. I love writing, drawing, new adventures, beauty and languages. My travels have taken me all across Japan, from the snowy tip of Hokkaido through the bright city of Tokyo, the sunny falls of Kyushu to the beautiful beaches of Okinawa. I hope to share some of these stories with you.
Like most of the sightseeing places in Kagoshima, Tenmonkan can be reached by the tram. There is so much to see, eat and shop that it is always a great place to come back to. Here are five things to do at Tenmonkan, you don't want to miss.
If you have been living in Japan or traveling the country, you are very familiar with the 100 yen stores called Daiso. You can get anything here. It is a paradise of abundance. But maybe you have found yourself frustrated with the number of times you had to run back here because the purchased item repeatedly broke.
Many travelers will be anxious about preparing themselves for visiting Japan. In tour guide books you can find tips on what Japan has to offer in comparison to your home country. But let me give you a little insight into what you will not find in Japan and how you can even benefit from it.
I knew Japanese were very interested in Europe but I wasn’t sure if I could fill a whole evening with things to talk about Germany- in Japanese! But I agreed. The weeks flew by and I started preparing for the event. I was confronted with questions like: What is typically German? What is your culture like?
An amazing view, sharp and steep cliffs, deep blue waters and the horizon to gaze at. Cape Zanpa never disappoints in beauty and majesty. Cape Zanpa (often referred to as, Zampa) is located in the West of Okinawa Honto, in the village of Yomitan. The drive to Zanpa alone is worth the trip.
Coffee shops are everywhere in Japan, which is awesome. I love that Family Mart and Lawson now offer fresh coffee to go for a reasonable price. But making my own perfect cup every day, I thought, would be too hard to try for myself. Until I was introduced to Hario.
The tropical island of Miyako in the Okinawan prefecture offers all kinds of sights and cultural heritage. As you drive down south along the coast of Miyako island, tall castle-like houses rise like in a fairy tale scenery. You have reached the German Culture Village in Ueno, Miyako City (うえのドイツ文化村).
Okinawa is known for its tropical beaches, the rich Ryukyu culture and its lush jungle forests. With an island that offers so much culture, nature and sightseeing, a lot of visitors come and see Okinawa. Many rent cars or take the local buses to reach the famous sights. The island does not have a subway so I have always gotten around by car or bus. But there is actually an alternative to the bus if you shop, sight-see or run errands in Naha.
Have you ever tried authentic Japanese ramen? Do you like thick noodles or thin noodles? The straight or spiral ones? A pig-bone base or miso base? So many questions and often we don't really know what we would like or what is good.