You Know You’ve Been in Japan Too Long When…

How Japanese are you? Tick off the numbers. You bow to the bus driver. You have your daily naps on public transport. You never check your change. It is always correct. You believe that pickpockets and thieves do not exist in your country. You have a set of allergy masks ready for pollution, pollination and […]

Where Miso is King – 4 Must Try Foods in Nagoya

If you thought I was already done with Japanese food you were mightily wrong. There is so much to say about Japanese food, so much!!! And I thought, let’s start with a city that does not rank too high with first time tourists to Japan. Nagoya is not the prettiest city nor is a culinary […]

The Trouble with Tokyo Transport Is

There is no way, I will at one point start liking the Tokyo Transport system any time soon. I am utterly disappointed, shaking my head as I am writing this. Did you know that in Japan’s capital there is not only the metro and rail company but also several private rail lines connecting different places […]

My Real Life Pokémon Go in Tokyo

From Nerdvana to Hell – My Real Life Pokémon Go in Tokyo

I couldn’t believe my eyes. Kept safely in its shiny glass cage was the Pokémon game I always wanted to play (waaaay before Pokémon Go). Like in, forever! My common sense went out the window and my ferocious nerd instinct kicked in, demanding me to possess it. No, it didn’t come in ring shape. But […]

What You Should Know about Shopping in Japan and Korea

Shopping is a pretty straightforward thing. You go into a shop, look at things, possiby try on if you like and then choose to buy or not to buy. But each country has their own little twist on things, whether bartering is a national sport in some countries, such as Turkey or Morocco, and in […]

The Top 5 Seoul Districts You Need To Visit

The Top 5 Seoul Districts You Need To Visit – Take the Test

I am trying something new today. Instead of writing about all the hip Seoul districts, which you can find in any good tourist brochure or guidebook (such as mine for hikers and day strollers) I am helping to let you figure out where you should be heading to first! Especially if you only have a […]

Not Spicy Korean Food in Seoul - How to Find It?

Not Spicy Korean Food in Seoul – How to Find It?

Call me a weakling, or to be more precise, my tastebuds. They are not the strongest when it comes to anything with a hint of spiciness. Even pepper. Not a big fan of that. And yet I call myself a foodie; well I am a picky foodie. That, however, didn’t make it any easier to […]

#TravelBrainster: Sabine in Wonderland Japan

As you all know, I am currently back in Japan, checking out new places for you and along the way I am meeting lovely people. This way, I met Sabine from Germany and she, like me, fell in love with the weird and wonderful country that is Japan. She now shares her passion for this […]

Hostel Review – Is@k’s Traveler’s Lounge in Seoul

Location With being right in the middle of Itaewon, you can’t go wrong. Think the vivid nightlife of Hongdae and add classiness and high-end shops mixed with vintage finds and foodie alleys and you get Itaewon. Sure, this comes with a price but the hostel is not an expensive one and the next metro station […]

Your Must Try Seoul Hikes in Three Day Trips

Seoul has a lot to offer but every now and then I have this fierce craving of heading out into the woods. I want to be far away from the hustle and bustle of the restless city life, away from neon lights and traffic jams, no subways or buses to carry you but your own […]

Korean Hanbok - Where to Rent it in Seoul

How to Rent a Korean Hanbok and Feel Like a Queen

It has been a while since my last fashion post and this time I have a very special treat for you. I got to try out several hanbok and strutted my stuff like a true Queen on the streets of Seoul, choosing historic palaces as my scene. Nothing less to be expected wearing such garments. […]

How to See the Best of Hiroshima and Miyajiama in one Day

How to See the Best of Hiroshima and Miyajiama in one Day

My lovely travel brainsters, you wanted Hiroshima, you got Hiroshima. On a very rainy day, I packed myself into my uber stylish raincoat, packed my bento for the Shinkansen and zoomed over to the other end of Japan. Nothing too far for you. Having arrived there I was with no clue as how to see […]

Back to the Samurai with these 7 Must See Castles in Japan

Castles strewn all over Europe have always captured my interest and it was just a natural extension for me to immediately hunt Japan castles down the first chance I got to. Australia and New Zealand didn’t have any to show for (no, I’m not counting you, Dunedin). Matsumoto was the first on my list and […]

How to Make an Okonomiyaki Hiroshima-style

[gb:]Today I have a very special treat for you! The all-time classic Japanese dish that isn’t sushi but still amazing (plus, I am still not a big fan of sushi). Everyone who has watched Ranma ½ will be familiar with this dish that requires the expert handling of two kotes, spatulas, making it indeed look […]

#YoutubeWednesday: The How to Guide to Japanese Temples

Japan has an insane amount of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines and not only their appearance is beautiful with the intense vermilion colour and wooden constructions but also the fact that they coexist side by side and you can also practice both religions. That’s what I call religious freedom, tolerance and love for fellow humans.