Cherry Blossom Season in Tokyo

I arrived in Japan in late June - just in time for the country's infamous rainy season where the ocean invades the land. So of course I had to wait a whole nine months before I would get to experience the most iconic event in Japan - the blooming of thousands of cherry blossoms (or sakura). So …

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Survival of the English-iest: Japan vs South Africa

Ever wonder what it's like traveling to Japan or South Africa using only English? Well wonder no more! Check out this week's installment of South Africa VS Japan to find out the answer! Part I: Surviving in Japan One question I often get asked as an English-speaker in Japan is "Can you survive in Japan …

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Winter in Tokyo: A Wonderland with a Touch of Snow

Continuing my tradition of posts about the four distinct seasons in Japan, I decided that it was high time to write about winter - a season that I surprisingly prefer to the hot and sticky Japanese summer. After experiencing the beauty that is autumn in Tokyo at the end of last year, I've got to …

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Booth in Mongolia: Japan vs Mongolia

Whenever I tell people that I recently spent a week in one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world, I'm often faced with the question: "Why the bloody hell would you go to Mongolia?!" Well, the answer to that one is quite simple: I have friends living there. But why they chose Mongolia …

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The Wonderful World of Ghibli

From the outside it looks like a quiet country cottage with vines creeping all over the house and giving a sense of humble dignity. Before entering the museum, you already feel a sense of anticipation and curiosity - like it's the start of an adventure. And when you finally step inside, you're not disappointed. This is …

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My First Snow Day in Tokyo

It's late one chilly winter's eve, a young boy glances outside his window before crawling into bed, only to see that the first snow of the season is falling. Excited, he yells out to his mother and tells her the exciting news. "It's late, darling, you can play in the snow in the morning!" she …

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The Festive Season: Japan vs South Africa

The holiday season is long over. Adults have returned to work and children have started school again. So I would like to take this time to make a (delayed) post about the differences between the festive season in South Africa and the festive season in Japan - both of which are riddled with opposites: 1. …

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Autumn in Tokyo: Pure Beauty

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about the hot and sticky Japanese summer, but now that it's the start of the winter season, I decided to write about autumn in Japan - arguably one of the two most beautiful seasons. Autumn in Japan is famous for its changing leaves. Starting from Hokkaido (northern …

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South Africa vs Japan: Which is Safer?

"Is South Africa safe?" This is the first question that I usually get asked in Japan whenever I tell someone that I'm from that Southern African country. This is because of the bad rep that South Africa has gotten over the years of being completely crime ridden. Now, some expats may tell you that this …

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5 Ways to Travel around Tokyo

I have been in Japan for four months and so far I have not yet left Tokyo. There are a number of reasons for this, including the fact that I have not had much time off of work, I have not had much money to travel, and, the biggest reason of all, I'm still in …

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