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Japan stole a piece of my heart at an early age. Moving to Japan for a year by myself on my 18th birthday was without exaggerating, a dream coming true. Since then, I've been back countless times, each visit revealing new treasures. Join me on a journey through the Land of the Rising Sun – from bustling cities to serene temples, and everything delicious in between!

A Fusion of Old and New

What truly amazes me about Japan is its ability to seamlessly blend the ancient with the cutting-edge. One minute I'm caught in the dazzling neon lights of Tokyo pulsating with energy, the next I'm finding serenity in a temple that whispers of ancient traditions. This fusion extends to everyday life – from the lightning-fast bullet trains connecting cities to the timeless practice of tea ceremonies offering a moment of peace. It's a place where history and innovation intertwine in a beautiful dance.

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My favourite places to visit

Image by Kit Ko

Dotombori District

Osaka Castle

Universal Studios Japan

Kaiyukan Aquarium

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​Osaka quickly stole my heart during my time living nearby, with its bright and lively atmosphere, unique sense of humor and delicious street food. The entire city seems to vibrate with a contagious kind of fun. Wandering through Dotombori, you'll be surrounded by sizzling street food stalls, lively chatter, and maybe even the occasional karaoke session spilling out from a bar. Speaking of food, Osaka is a haven for foodies! Be sure to grab some piping hot takoyaki (octopus balls) and okonomiyaki – a savory pancake that can be customized with all sorts of delicious toppings.

Kuromon Market

Spa World

Hozenji Temple

Shitennoji Temple

Amealura (America Village)

Umeda Skybuilding

Core Values

Japanese culture places high importance on values that promote social harmony and well-being. Here are some of the core ones:

  • Collectivism: The group comes first, prioritizing its needs and working together for success.

  • Wa (和): Harmony is key, in social interactions, aesthetics, and avoiding conflict.

  • Respect: Deference to hierarchy, elders, and authority figures is shown through politeness and etiquette.

  • Obligation (Giri 義): Fulfilling duties and commitments is essential, including repaying debts and showing loyalty.

  • Hard Work and Perseverance: Dedication, persistence, and striving for excellence are highly valued.

These values are instilled from a young age and influence all aspects of life in Japan, from social interactions to work ethic.

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Japanese Aesthetics

Japanese aesthetics differ from Western ideals in their focus on simplicity, impermanence, and finding beauty in imperfection. Here are some core concepts:

  • Wabi-Sabi (侘寂): Beauty lies in imperfection, impermanence, and modesty, appreciating asymmetry, flaws, and nature's cycle.

  • Mono no Aware (物の哀れ): The bittersweet beauty of impermanence, finding value in the fleeting nature of things.

  • Yugen (幽玄): A profound mystery and depth, with suggestions of the unseen that spark imagination and wonder.

  • Shibui (渋い): Austere simplicity and quiet elegance achieved through understatement, natural materials, and good craftsmanship.

gardens and even tea ceremonies. They all contribute to a unique aesthetic that values harmony with nature, acceptance of imperfection, and finding beauty in the subtle and impermanent.

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  • A captivating image showcasing the destination.

  • Short descriptions highlighting key attractions, cultural experiences, or off-the-beaten-path recommendations.

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