Hakata light up walk

Hakata light up walk

The largest seated Buddha in Japan. You were able to see this one in the 2015 edition. Tochoji Temple

I’m living for over more than one year in Japan now, and I can now say that the fall is my favorite season. The unbearable heat en humidity starts to fade away in the cooling fall breeze. And like me, who is welcoming this change the Japanese people also celebrate this with many events. One of these events is the Hakata light up walk.

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I moved to my new place

On the same day that I graduated at GenkiJACS I also moved to my new place for the next year. The first two months I stayed in Ijiri at a guest house. And although for a short period this was fine, I could not image to stay there for one year. But if you ever decide to explore Fukuoka and are looking for a cheap decent place to stay I definitely recommend Ijiri. That why I’m going to introduce my old and new place in today’s post: I moved to my new place.

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Japenglish (part 1)

It’s not a big secret that the Japanese aren’t able to speak English very well. There writing skills are not much better. They know this, but even then they have a big fascination for the English language. Therefore they try to use it all the time.  This has resulted in a total new language: Japenglish!


Het Engels niveau -of het gebrek ervan- van de gemiddelde Japanner is niet direct een groot geheim. Maar op het zelfde moment zijn ze zo extreem gefascineerd door het Engels dat ze het overal proberen toe te passen. Dit heeft geresulteerd in een totaal nieuwe taal: Japanglish!

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Lucky bags I bought

In Japan there is a new year tradition that on the first day (or sometimes the second day) of the new year shops sell mystery lucky bags to people. Theses bag, where you often do not know what is inside are sold with a really big discount. They are called 福袋(ふくぶくろ,fukubukuro)

The price of these bags start at a low 500yen-1000yen but they can go up in price you can’t even afford it. I read there was a bag you could buy, that included a 100 day around the world trip. But that one was not in my budget.

Because it was my first new year in Japan, I decided to join the shopping madness and buy myself some of these lucky bags. In this post I want to give everyone a nice overview of the Lucky bags I bought.

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