Japanese food series – Ramen noodles

We have a love & hate relationship with ramen noodles! Keep reading

Japan food series – Soba noodles

While noodles are often associated with cheap ramens for students, we have discovered a wide variety of them in Japan. They come in three kinds: ramen of course, but also Keep reading

An exhilarating hike in the Japanese Alps

“Okay, don’t panic! There is a stone about 20 cm below your left foot, and a cavity for your left hand behind that rock. Yes, slightly lower. That’s it! You can put your weight on it.”

I don’t see anything but the mountain ridge on the horizon above that rock I need to descend from and a lethal ravine below my feet, while hanging on my arms trying to divide my weight at best. My legs start shaking when I feel the stone underneath my right hand moving! My 12+kg backpack drags me down and bruises my hips and shoulders, limiting my degrees of freedom. I really wish I had a parachute or a zip line… For a few seconds, I don’t see how I can help myself down safely and I fear for my life. Keep traveling!

Japan food series – Yatai

Street food is not that common in Japan: yatai or food stalls popping up in the evening Keep reading

Tsukiji fish market and tuna auction, Tokyo

2:35 a.m. A soft knock followed by “hello, good morning”. I slowly emerge from my capsule. Keep traveling!

Earthquake in Tokyo!

We are on the 4th floor of a building in the Ikebukuro district of Tokyo, just a few minutes after arriving in town. Seated at a table, suddenly, the ground under our feet starts shaking. We are hearing screams, the pieces of furniture are moving around Keep reading

Japan food series – Okonomiyaki

Even if okonomiyaki can be found all over the country, it is one of Hiroshima’s specialties. So once there, around lunch time, we walk to Okonomi-mura. There, Keep reading

The magic of Kokedera, the temple of moss

The monk is wearing a dark kimono and tabi, the split toe socks. He opens his arms to invite us on a small path surrounded by more than fifty shades of green. Keep traveling

One thousand paper cranes: commemorating the 70th-year anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bombs in Japan

One thousand paper cranes,
folded by Sadako with all her hope. Keep traveling