Shrine and Temple

New Year is THE big thing in Japan. In the last days of the year, it is time for a deep cleaning in the house, declutter, make everything clean and beautiful to initiate a clean new cycle of life.

in the last 3 days, a lot of time is allocated to prepare special end of the year dishes, Osechi, that you eat cold on december 31. You may order them in advance in gourmet food shops and hotel restaurants at crazy prices.

from January 1 to 3rd, all Japanese must go and pray at the shrine or temple for a healthy and prosperous year –

dont expect big ceremonies, full restaurants and party time on december 31 in Japan, most places are closed, it is very quiet!!



The company came for an annual check of the pipes in the apartment. as always, impressive!!

3 of them turned up on time, deployed plastic covers all over the apartment, checked the pipes, rolled everything back and Mn later were gone

that’s it, I am done for one year!!

Fuku Bukuro

January is a fun moment in Japan as well. as of January 1st, shops displays Fukubukuro (lucky bags). For a cool price, the bag comes with all sorts of things. this creates massive queues depending on the shop.

My neighbor who sells carpets, even has these bags available for JPY 7000.- this year


but this is only available until January 3rd, after that, things go back to normal (and people to work)

Election Day

Last week, October 22nd, were the general elections in Japan. Although a typhoon was going across the country that day, many people paid a visit to the poll.

On that Sunday morning, I was very impressed and even stressed out as a general announcement came over Tokyo. Since the announcement was made in Japanese, I was unsure whether it was about the typhoon security measures and what to do. Fortunately, the end of the call expressed in English that this was a reminder that people should go to vote!

All cities are equipped with public speakers to conduct drills in case of earthquakes and over disasters, very impressive for me but also quite stressful


Moving House

As everything in Japan, moving comes with a lot of preparation and anticipation. So, finally, my furniture arrived and the company came to deliver and unpack.

A team of 5 landed one morning at the house, they literally wrapped the lobby of the building, covered the floor with a sort of yoga mat flooring, completely wrapped the corridors and the lift and brought everything.

I have a small house and a small removal and all was completed in 3 hours, including setting up the furniture.



The very same evening, I could enjoy my first dinner!! love it



Daikanyama: A guide to Tokyo’s Little Brooklyn

You know that Tokyo is not all about serene shrines, neon-lit streets, and bustling crossroads. In fact, it’s exactly those places that don’t live up to stereotypes that have the greatest local discoveries. Daikanyama, often referred to as “the Brooklyn of the Japanese capital,” is one of those places; a…

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