Almost Spring in Tokyo

It is getting warmer and warmer, birds are singing, trees started to bloom, winter is almost gone and spring is ready to take its place. Many argue that spring is the best season to visit Japan and the reason for that are of course the country’s famous sakura or cherry blossoms. But before hanami or…

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Autumn in Tokyo: Okutama

Long time no post! And long time no hike for that matter (maybe since hiking around Santorini?) … Lately, my Grad school has been keeping me busy with all kinds of presentations, papers and so on, but I still managed to keep my goal of visiting a new place in Japan at least once a…

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Japan’s Natural Beauty: Higanbana

Admiring seasonal flowers is a favorite national pastime in Japan, and as I am also a huge flower lover, I decided to go to the Red Spider Lily Festival (September 16th -October 1st, 2017) in Hidaka, Saitama, about an hour and a half train trip from Tokyo. The Kinchakuda Manjushage Park is the largest park…

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Rainy Days in Tokyo

I’m back in Tokyo! Those of you who have been following my blog for a while might already know that I used to live in the Japanese capital for a year. In only one year, Tokyo managed to become a third home for me, so I decided I wanted to go back someday. This day…

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Hiking from Fira to Oia

Perhaps one of the best experiences I’ve had on the island. Why? It was so fun, exciting and most important, free! (although also a bit tiring but definitely worth the effort and you’ll see my reasons below). There are plenty of fun things you can do in Santorini, but to be honest, most of them…

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Spring in Kyoto

After visiting Kyoto in autumn, I promised I will come back during spring as well and spend more than just three days. Maybe a dream that started from Yasunari Kawabata’s books or the many movies about Japan that I have seen, but seeing cherry blossoms (sakura) in the Old Imperial Capital (Kyoto) with my own…

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Spring in Bucharest

Română/日本語 What a wonderful season spring is! Its pastel colors, great fragrances and perfect weather make it a great season. The past few days were just perfect for long strolls in the park while admiring the beautiful spring flowers. Bucharest has quite a few nice places where you can enjoy spring days, such as the…

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Hanami in Tokyo

Română/日本語 Hanami or cherry blossom viewing is the most important spring event in Japan, cherry blossoms  (sakura in Japanese) often being considered a symbol of spring in Japan and a symbol of Japan in general. Also known as the cherry blossom festival, during hanami people gather in groups and hold parties under the cherry blossom trees,…

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Christmas Atmosphere in Tokyo (and Around Tokyo)

Română/日本語 Since it’s that time of the year again, I decided to post a short photo series with the best Christmas lights places I’ve been to in Tokyo and around Tokyo. Tokyo offers a great variety of such places, where you can delight your eyes with many colorful little lights while strolling around with your…

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