Tokyo through the Bus window

Tokyo through the Bus window

I would have loved to spend some time in Tokyo but unfortunately this time it was limited to a few (more or less good) pictures out of the bus window while passing by.

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April 15, 2014     1 note

Osaka - where eating is everything part 6 (Ibaraki-Osaka)

Osaka – where eating is everything part 6 (Ibaraki-Osaka)

Because our hotel in Ibaraki was about one and a half hours from Tokyo station we decided to get an early start in the morning and do without breakfast at the hotel restaurant to not get into rushhour and make the shinkansen bound for Osaka.

Fortunately one of the members of the japanese group arranged for a compromise, the hotel restaurant just packed up the sandwich set (I had the other day) to…

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April 15, 2014

Niponica - Nipponia

Niponica – Nipponia

Since I discovered during my studies that the japanese consulate general in Japan sends out a magazine, to promote japanese culture,  I made sure to receive every issue and read it with delight as soon as it arrived at my doorsteps (and it’s even free of charge!). The first Issue I read was Nr. 43 (2007), back then still titled Nipponia (にぽにか). In 2008 they changed the magazine and named it…

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April 14, 2014

Osaka - where eating is everything part 5 (Ibaraki)

Osaka – where eating is everything part 5 (Ibaraki)

The Hotel we stayed had very cute decorations, not only in the lobby but also in the rooms.

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The breakfast sandwich set was a nice start into the day and I must say food in Japan just always looks so neat.

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The lunch was very traditional japanese in a beautiful little restaurant with tatami rooms. We had the largest room (which potentially could have been also used for a karaoke session) and…

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April 13, 2014

Osaka - where eating is everything part 4

Osaka – where eating is everything part 4

After the Cherry Blossom Boattrip and the short detour to Osaka Castle it was (oviously) again time for lunch and we were led to the New Otani Hotel, where we ate at a very good chinese restaurant.

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The view on the castle and the cherry blossoms was beautiful and the food delicious. Though I can’t deny my favourite part was the dessert (as always ^_^)

After lunch we headed right to…

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April 12, 2014

Hanami and a visit to Osaka Castle

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 justice.

There are about 4800 trees lined up and from the boat we could already see…

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April 11, 2014

queer japan

FujikoToyohashi:

Homosexuality in Japan is a topic one doesn’t hear a lot about (if not deliberately searched for) and beside the few obvious actors/entertainers on TV I haven’t met a single soul who said he or she was gay. Of course if you want to tell anyone or not is your own business, but as the post from A Light to Look to shows, it seems there really isn’t much of a choice. If you are…

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April 10, 2014

Osaka – where eating is everything Part 3

Osaka – where eating is everything Part 3

After getting an early start in the morning (and only a quick stop at the breakfast buffet) and a one and a half hour drive to the factory in Shiga the time till lunch passed very quickly and off we went to a nearby golf club. Many japanese people, especially business people, like playing golf and the old president of the japanese company we visited is no exception.

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Tamagoyaki, teriyaki-chicken…

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April 10, 2014

Asking for a Re-Blog

Asking for a Re-Blog

FujikoToyohashi:

If you are not already a follower of the Opinionated Man, have a look (^_^)

Originally posted on HarsH ReaLiTy:

I have never asked for a reblog before, but if you have the time and wouldn’t mind reblogging or sharing this I would personally appreciate it. I have decided to really go for this and try to provide some sort of marketing/blogging consulting to those wanting the help and…

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April 9, 2014

Shinsaibashi, Namba and an unexpected surprise

Shinsaibashi, Namba and an unexpected surprise

Although I initially thought that I might have some time in the evening to get around town and maybe even shop a little, this expectation was quickly nipped in the bud by the late night drinking evey evening.

So on the third evening alike I found myself hurrying to my room to stow away my bag, just to return to the hotel bar where everyone waited. I tried to get in contact with my husband and was…

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April 9, 2014

Osaka – where eating is everything Part 2

Osaka – where eating is everything Part 2

The first morning in Osaka started off with the breakfast buffet in one of the Hotel restaurants.

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Consisting of western and japanese foods alike I was nevertheless surprised to find one of Osakas famous dishes takoyaki being part of the buffet. And they were surpisingly good! I have to say I find that crispy toast goes along very well with glaced salmon, hijiki and tamagoyakiand the vanilla…

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April 8, 2014

Japanese people react to the outrageous behavior of “monster” new company recruits

Japanese people react to the outrageous behavior of “monster” new company recruits

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FujikoToyohashi:

A difficult topic.
Reading those criteria that make the featured employees “monster” employees, one might wonder what makes the described acts so horrible that the other people on the net are outraged about it.
Not going to the nomikai and the dynamics at such a nomikai are a very complex topic and I see the point for participation and not going alike.
What I don’t understand is…

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April 8, 2014
sweet theme, bro.