Aoba-jō: the one-eyed dragon’s castle

"Otsukaresama desu!" As I close the office door and step outside into the crisp evening air, I am greeted by a familiar scenery. Around me, big powdery snowflakes slowly drift towards the ground. Though they sometimes swirl up briefly at the whims of the wind, they eventually find their way towards the roofs, the branches... Continue Reading →

The first week: Bunka, Bears and Banks

"Douzo yoroshiku onegaishimasu!" Having introduced myself to the the research group at RCNS, I lowered my head with a little bow to express my gratitude for their hospitality and convey my hopes for a smooth cooperation. The past few days had been eventful. Aside from making the long journey from Amsterdam to Sendai on Monday... Continue Reading →

Kono michi ya

The time has arrived! After about a month of preparatory work and several visits to the embassy in the Hague, I'm finally flying to Japan this Monday. Although the prospect of sitting in an airplane for over eleven hours, neatly squeezed between two fellow, tightly seated travelers doesn't make me over-joyous, the goal of my... Continue Reading →

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