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Straight from hell to Beppu

Straight from hell to Beppu
Hey there cutie pies! :omnom:
The cold weather that has been prevailing during the last few days is probably appropriate for early February but due to the lack of snow in the city, it still doesn’t really look like winter but it sure does feel like it. It’s hardly surprising that I’m longing for turquoise ponds with boiling hot water and subtropical vegetation.


When we arrived in Beppu with the car, there was steam coming out of drain covers and the air was filled with sulphur so that I instinctively put my face mask on. It was scary and fascinating at the same time and totally what I was looking for. Beppu is famous for its numerous hot springs – onsen – which are found all around town but also in the nearby volcanic mountains.


The first hell we stumbled into is named after the mud bubbles, which emerge from boiling mud pools and look like the shaven heads of monks. We were pretty much the only visitors and we enjoyed the beautiful and warm November weather while looking at the fuming ground and carefully arranged garden.


There are eight major hot spots which are often referred to as the Beppu Hatto, the eight hells of Beppu. Geography, especially volcanoes and geology was one of my all time favourite subjects during school so I was really glad I actually got to see so many hot spots.


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Osaka, city of Neon

Osaka, city of Neon
Hi there cutie pies! :ichikeki:
Going through the pictures I took in Osaka was quite enjoyable because they’re all colorful with lots of illuminations and funky things to discover while in Zurich it’s raining cats and dogs right now. It’s not even winter and I’m so upset that there isn’t any snow!!!
Anyway, it’s a good day for blogging so here I am telling you about how amazing Osaka is.

There are many reasons why to love Osaka but the flashy neon signs and people and the irresistible food at every corner, is why I personally like to hang around in this city. In comparison to other cities the hotels and food are reasonable and it’s so funny and interesting how different the people in Osaka dress and behave from the people in Tokyo. It didn’t took me one day to adapt to the different style and company and before I even noticed, I was saying maido when entering a store and wearing sun glasses – at night!

Food is omnipresent in Osaka city and you can see people indulging in tasty street food, typically takoyaki (with octopus, hence the huge octopi signs) and okonomiyaki everywhere, especially in the Dotonbori. The people are less reserved and quite talkative and it’s easy to get involved in an interview by university students or even in a nice chat with old ladies and friendly workers who will offer you to drink beer with them. Of course the food is delicious but still, my favourite takoyaki place is in Tokyo! What I couldn’t get enough of though, is hot choux pastry and oden, that’s basically daikon radish, (fish-)tofu, fried tofu pouches filled with cabbage and rice cake, sausages, eggs and other things that are simmered in broth and you can choose what you like out of a hot pot.

We went eating Yakiniku twice and I already miss it so much here in Switzerland! Everyone who’s been in Japan knows that Japanese meat is unbeatable and I would do anything to have a little piece of wagyu in my mouth right now. You get your own table with a grill in it and get to choose many different sorts of meat and veggies. I love meat like seriously so much that this was paradise for me.

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A typical day in urban Japan

A typical day in urban Japan
Hey there Everyone! :rabukuma:
Maybe it’s because we usually didn’t stay longer than four days in the same place but there wasn’t a typical day or routine during the two months we stayed in Japan. When we were staying in the larger cities though, we enjoyed the usual things you do if you want to live an urban Japanese lifestyle.

Asagohan – Let’s start the day with a hearty breakfast!
I’m totally a breakfast person and while in Japan, I was able to pretty much eat everything I wanted because we walked over long distances and needed lots of energy to survive the day.
Rice with pickles, miso soup and a slice of fish is the traditional Japanese meal in the morning and I couldn’t complain about that because I like eating “normal” food you would also maybe eat for lunch or dinner in the morning better than sweet cornflakes or yoghurt and so on. You could also go to a Konbini (convenience store) that is open 24h a day and grab a tasty onigiri or other packed meals or get a pan (bread) in one of the many fancy boulangeries and cafés.

1. French toast with a salmon salad 2. Onigiri at a Konbini 3. Sticky, smelly natto (fermented soy beans) – I love it :3 4. Tasty mackerel

Go with the flow – Don’t plan everything!
Many tourists have a strict plan to which they stick and I’m sure that’s a reasonable thing to do if you have a limited amount of time but it’s easy to miss out the “real Japanese” experiences if you only travel by guide book. Taking a group bus and go to places where there are countless other annoying tourists is not exactly the ultimate thing to remember. At least for me it isn’t. You don’t need to search for the “Japanese” in Japan, it will automatically happen all around you. Of course it’s nice to visit the famous landmarks and in Kyoto for example it’s impossible to escape the tourists crowd but leave enough space for improvisation and coincidence and you will feel a little more adventurous.

1. Oishii Kirin milk tea with cute Disney characters 2. Drink milk! 3.How about a relaxing massage? From cats for cats. 4. Anime girl.. awwww

Japanese girls know KAWAII the best – take Purikura!
In every amusement arcade (and there’s lots of them) you will find several floors with many different kinds of video games and on the top floor there’s usually purikura photo booths with lots of dressed up school girls and only very few guys. In fact in some purikura places it’s even forbidden to take purikura with the same gender if they’re male! :ohnoo: There always has to be at least one girl with them.
The machines have changed quite a lot since the last time I was in Japan. If you look closely you will see that there’s pics where my legs look unnaturally thin and long, this is definitely new to me and super scary!! The same applies to the huge manga eyes and flawless skin. It’s possible to decide how strong the effects should be but the least edited looks still unreal to me. Anyway, who doesn’t like huge eyes and flawless skin for a change?

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