This is not the end

My recent blog post about goodbyes has led to some speculation about the end of this blog. But fear not my friends! (Or alternatively, depending on how you feel about this blog, 'Sorry to disappoint you!') No such thing is the case. A goodbye to Japan does not mean a goodbye to blogging for me.... Continue Reading →

Fancy fruit

Fruit is extremely expensive in Japan. While in Belgium fruit is priced by the kilo or the bag, in Japan the price usually applies to one single piece of fruit. These apples for instance, cost 198 yen a piece (about 2 euro)! One thing I do have to admit is that fruit in Japan is... Continue Reading →

Belgian Beer Weekend

Belgium is not a famous country. Whenever I travel abroad and people ask me where I am from, I am usually given a puzzled stare when I answer 'Belgium'. I usually try to clarify, saying 'Europe'. That usually rings a bell: 'Ah Europe! That's where France is, right?'. Right. But not so in Japan. In... Continue Reading →

Christmas in Japan and Belgium

Christmas is not a traditional Japanese holiday. Only about 1% of the Japanese population is Christian. New Year is a lot more important in Japan and is celebrated with many traditional Japanese rituals. But Japanese people never turn down an oportunity to have a festivity or festival, so just like Halloween and Valentine's day, Christmas... Continue Reading →

Happy Pocky Day!

Today, November 11th, is Pocky Day. And it's even more special because the year is 2011. Pocky is a kind of candy. It's a stick-shaped biscuit, traditionally covered in chocolate. But these days there are many different kinds of Pocky. One of the most popular kinds is the vividly pink-coloured strawberry taste Pocky. The reason... Continue Reading →

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