The Fukuchan Diaries
Today was farewell day!
First, we said goodbye to the wonderful people of Minshuku Takayoshi. I really love this place and always feel like at home!
Then, we took a long distance bus to the airport of Kagoshima. After 2 hours under pouring rain, I said goodbye to my customers, who flew back to Osaka. They were really nice and uncomplicated; I enjoyed the tour with them und hope to stay in contact!
Now, the 3rd but not the last post of the autumnal diary. First, the end of the trip with my customers in Kyushu and then, in a few days, my great 3 days stay in Yakushima, the subtropical paradise!Read more
The schedule was as follows: Arrival at our hotel at 2 o’clock in the afternoon and then stroll on the coast admiring the Mount Fuji. What really happened: 15 minutes after our departure from Matsumoto, the train suddenly stopped in a deserted station and stayed there for 3 hours due to a signal breakdown…Read more
5 weeks long and already almost over… I’m returning next week to Germany after a real interesting stay. During the 16 days’ trip with 2 great customers, we travelled across half of Japan, from a wasabi farm in the Alps to the sweet potatoes fields of South Kyushu.Read more
…caught in a time bubble. Cradled by the conversations of my co-passengers, I’m sipping a cranberry juice and eating Finnish chocolate while admiring the city lights of some remote Siberian village.Read more
15°C under a rainy grey sky, in Germany the short summer seems to be over…
Fortunately, in 4 days I’ll leave the european gloom behind and reach the exotic shores of my second home land, Japan!
Time flies! So much work to do (translations, preparations for Japan, etc.) in the last two weeks… But now I finally could spend a few hours to continue the Finland Diary. At the end of the week, I’ll then try to publish the last part of our Scandinavian journey.Read more
08:30 – It’s so quiet out there! We just wake up. Although yesterday’s fire is long extinguished, it’s still warm in the whole house. Outside it’s all grey, no light, and about 10°C… As it’s not raining yet, we’ll try to go hiking in the nearest national park, Leivonmäki.Read more
10:30 – everything is packed, it’s time to go! From today on, we’ll stay for 5 days at the cottage of our friends, about 200 km north of Helsinki, without electricity or tap water!Read more
10 days of wet nature beauties, heart-warming hospitality, new friends and great Nordic food, that’s resumes pretty well our 3rd Finland trip.
Here you’ll find the story of the first 3 days. Despite the bad weather, it was once again a great experience. Finland is definitely my favourite country in Europe!
After a few weeks in Germany, tomorrow begins a new journey, this time to Finland! After a birthday party near Helsinki, we’ll spend a few days in the wild, in the cottage of our friends (many thanks an Anna-Leena & Sauli!) and go for hiking in the several national parks around.Read more
I came back to Germany on Monday, unpacked a few things, cleaned the flat and already packed for the next trip: a wedding in Zurich and then a business trip to France for 10 days! All the pictures of Japan are online, it’s now time to narrate the last events of the Kansai Spring Tour 2016.Read more
Last week, after only one day of rest in Osaka, I started a new journey, a 3 days’ trip between the islands of the Aichi Archipelago and the Ise peninsula. This peninsula houses the most sacred places in Japan for all Shinto believers, the Ise Shrines. In a few weeks, Ise will become famous even internationally, being host of the next G7 meeting.Read more
Two weeks ago, I travelled to Shodoshima, literally “the island of small beans”, during 5 days. This island, the second largest of the Seto Inland Sea (between Honshu and Shikoku), is famous for its several soy sauce makers, for being the first area of Japan to successfully grow olives and is home to a smaller version of the 88 Buddhist temples pilgrimage.Read more
04.18 – Business day in Sakai
Last monday, I spent a whole day in Sakai, an ancient town south from Osaka, famous for its many handicrafts. In order to optimize my tours around Osaka, I visited various craftsmen (cutler, incense sticks manufacturer, seal maker, etc.) together with a Japanese friend.
Once again a series of earthquakes have shaken Japan, this time in one of my favourite regions, Kyushu. I visited Kumamoto only a few months ago and now the town is greatly damaged.Read more
This could be a good summary for the movie program of my flight from Helsinki to Osaka.Read more
A few days ago, we’ve seen this very nice anime, the moving story of Momo, a little girl whose father just died and who moves with her mother from Tokyo to a small island of the Seto Inland Sea (between Honshu and Shikoku).Read more
As an appetizer to the imminent beginning of my next Kansai trip, let me introduce to you my absolute favourite “gastronomic TV series”, Kodoku no Gurume (= Lonesome Gourmet).Read more
Beginning of the journey in 2 weeks. All the novels are bought, I familiarized myself with my new camera, I now just have to cure an “Easter cold” and pack the bags!Read more
The blog is dead, hail to the new blog!
Hello everybody. During all of my journeys in Japan I used to write an online diary in French: L’antre de Fukuchan.