Let me quickly tell you my story and the purpose of this blog:

My name is Johannes, I’m a 33 years old German.

In 2004 I started practicing Aikido, which was the reason for me to visit Japan for the first time in 2009. During this stay of 16 days, I started to like Japan a lot. However, I did not start to learn the language after that and I also did not visit Japan again. I intended to go there, but for several years, it did not work out.

Until, in late 2013, I met a beautiful girl of the same age on an Aikido Seminar in Bavaria. みどり (Midori) was from Nagano, Japan. After she had returned home, we kept in contact via Skype. Finally, in November/December 2014, I made my way back to Japan to visit her. Two more visits in April and June/July 2015 followed. When I returned to Germany after that last visit, I took her with me. She stayed in Germany for one year on a Working Holiday Visa.  Then, in July of this year (2016, in case I forget to update), we moved to Nagano, Japan together.

Me in Takeshita dori in Tokyo, a short time after moving to Japan

Me in Takeshita dori in Tokyo, a short time after moving to Japan

So much about my background. Now about this blog:

On this blog I want to share tipps, great places to see and things to do, pitfalls, personal stories, beautiful, funny or otherwise entertaining pictures and also the one or other video from time to time. All Japan-related of course.

If you have any requests or comments, please let me know via a comment or per mail: johannes@japanese-journey.com.

Please enjoy.