An Evening Stroll through the Harbor of Kobe

Kobe is a truly international city. After Japan opened up its ports to general foreign trade in the second half of the 19th century, many foreign merchants took up residence in the capital of today’s Hyogo prefecture. Although the houses of western diplomats can be visited in the Kitano-cho district, I feel that nowhere is

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Bath Encounters

Or: Taking the Plunge
“Undress.”
Pity is an unknown concept to the tiny old lady. Even though we are towering over her, we are at her mercy. “Undress”, she repeats. At least that’s what we’re guessing her words mean, since our Japanese abilities don’t go beyond “arigatou”, “konnichiwa” and “sumimasen” at this point.
It’s a

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Welcome

Hello, and welcome to yet another Japan travel blog. Thank you for stopping by. I hope you’ll like it here.
My name is Anne, I am a German writer and translator with a passion for Japanese culture, language and history.
From kabuki to geisha and tea ceremony, from Shinto shrines to Buddhist philosophy, from Zen

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