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.
The Peace Memorial Park Itoman is a must visit when you come to this beautiful island and it will not disappoint.
September 23, 2017
These tips are gleaned from many city trips where I made mistakes and suffered from it, or where I really listened to good advice about travelling and had a fantastic time.
August 19, 2017
Kakazu is such a famous historic battle ground, that regularly tour groups visit and explore the area. The extremely steep hills of the area were defended by the Japanese troops during the war.
July 8, 2017
My life here in Okinawa has improved so much since. Every Saturday I join their free conversational Japanese class that is held at the local Oki-koku-dai College.
June 16, 2017
And when it is time to leave, you realize that you didn't really have time to relax or took advantage of the hotel pool.
June 10, 2017
Here, the legend claims, a goddess, in some versions she is called an angel, came down from the heavens to bathe. She took off her celestial robe, (hagoromo) and...
May 16, 2017
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?
August 31, 2016
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.
June 6, 2016
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.
April 27, 2016
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).
April 26, 2016
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.
April 15, 2016
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.
February 22, 2016
I live on Okinawa and the temperatures at Christmas and New Years are quite nice. We do not have snow here but Okinawa joins the world in decorating festive during this season. So if you are up to a quick holiday trip into the warm south but still don't want to miss out on your Christmas' and New Year's traditions, you might like visiting these hotels around the island!
January 5, 2016
Living in another country can be lonely sometimes, especially if you miss family and friends. How cool is it, when your family wants to come and visit you?
November 30, 2015