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Hi there! Thank you for taking the time to check out my blog. I am bellelene, the author of this blog. I write mostly about my daily life in Japan and sometimes about my trips abroad. Have a look around, I am pretty sure you will find something of your liking -or okonomi as they say in Japanese.

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Posts about Japan in Category “Japan

A throwback

These days, I’m more stressed out than ever. I think my decision to eat that bite, was a bad one. If there is a single piece of advice that holds for everyone, that is “Don’t ‘Bite Off More Than You Can Chew’”. Thinking about that, I am reminiscent of my first month in Japan, whenContinue reading “A throwback”

For those who want to keep it short

bioluminescence in Kamakura

Info Bites: Bioluminescence

[GR] Ο αφρός των κυμάτων του ειρηνικού ωκεανού ήταν γαλάζιο φωσφοριζέ και η εγώ η καψερή τρόμαζα ότι ήταν μόλυνση.

[EN] We noticed that the foam of the waves was glowing with a neon-blue colour.

Info Bites: La Cittadella

[GR] Ενώ η Ιαπωνία άρχιζε σταδιακά να ανοίγεται στον έξω κόσμο, αποφάσισαν να φέρουν το έξω μέσα. [EN] Someone thought it would be a good idea to import the spirit of overseas

Info Bites: The beginning of Spring

[GR] Έχετε αναρωτηθεί πώς είναι το σύστημα εισαγωγής σε πανεπιστήμιο στην Ιαπωνία; Οι υποψήφιοι δίνουν εξετάσεις σε μια επιλογή μαθημάτων ανάλογα με το πανεπιστήμιο στο οποίο στοχεύουν. Όλοι δίνουν ταυτόχρονα πανϊαπωνικές εξετάσεις σε δύο μέρες στα μέσα Ιανουαρίου, μια για τα θεωρητικά και μία για τα θετικά.

Info Bites: Modern Day Ronin

[GR] Έχετε αναρωτηθεί πώς είναι το σύστημα εισαγωγής σε πανεπιστήμιο στην Ιαπωνία; Οι υποψήφιοι δίνουν εξετάσεις σε μια επιλογή μαθημάτων ανάλογα με το πανεπιστήμιο στο οποίο στοχεύουν. Όλοι δίνουν ταυτόχρονα πανϊαπωνικές εξετάσεις σε δύο μέρες στα μέσα Ιανουαρίου, μια για τα θεωρητικά και μία για τα θετικά.

Posts about mountain hikes in Category “hiking

Hiking trip to Fukushima: Mt. Adatara

Mt Adatara (安達太良山) is a prominent volcanic peak, a bit closer to Fukushima city. Its name consists of a lot of wonderful kanji, which I can vaguely translate as safe and accomplished, thick and nice mountain. The last time it erupted was in 1996, so it is indeed pretty safe at the moment.

Posts about mountain hikes in Category “Roadtrips

The roads of Hokkaido

Japan is made up of 4 main islands and thousands of smaller ones. One of the latest acquisitions is the northernmost island of Hokkaido, “courtesy” (more like genocide) of the indigenous Ainu. In the past, it used to be refered to as Ezo by Japanese and Ainu Moshir by the Ainu. Hokkaido (北海道) means northernContinue reading “The roads of Hokkaido”

Posts about General travel abroad in Category “Culture

The Gundam Moves!

In Japan, early spring is the best time of the year to move around, since it’s the only period of the year that the sky is clear from clouds and rain. The highlight of the season is obviously the cherry blossoms, but what to do if they haven’t bloomed yet? You go to the GundamContinue reading “The Gundam Moves!”

Omiyage, meibutsu; there’s a bit of everything

I am pretty sure that everyone knows what a souvenir is. Do you happen to know what an omiyage is? Omiyage (お土産) is basically the japanese version of a souvenir. Traditionally, when someone from work or the lab goes on a trip, regardless if it is for business purposes or casual vacation, it is common to bring back small gifts for the team.

Posts about General travel abroad in Category “International

Hong Kong in four acts

Hong Kong IS the definition of multiculture. Located on a convenient location for sea trade, it thrived as a British colony and as financial metropolis in the recent years. Although tiny, everyone is on it. The culture of Hong Kong is a weird mixture of British post-colonialism, strong Cantonese influences and the increasing addition ofContinue reading “Hong Kong in four acts”

Red hot chili peppers

Visited in August 2018 Walking around culture village in Busan during the summer, one can see red peppers filling up floor space in balconies and yards. Korean cuisine makes extravagant use of hot spices and the prime selection is always red hot peppers. Of course, domestically grown ones are even better.

Random rants in Category “Rants

Random images out of context in tag “Instead of Insta

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