So it’s 2019, wasting valuable time on automatable processes bores you and you’re keen on integrating technology more efficiently in your Japanese language-acquisition. Concretely you want to: Vocab-mine Japanese texts you’re reading both on- and off-line using Chrome or Firefox. Improve your retention-rate with hidden furigana reading-aids and crystal-clear Jpod101 audio-readings.... Continue →

After living in Tokyo, Japan for over 18 months I learned some things that might be useful for future exchange students and are often glanced over in similar lists. While this list is still a work-in-progress, I hope it can at least offer some concrete, directly applicable tips. Continue →

The E-book industry in Japan is gaining momentum. Both contemporary releases and more popular classics are seeing an increase in digital publication alongside physical distribution. Through their kindle service Amazon.co.jp has a particularly strong hold on this market, and their extensive catalog could offer good news for any intermediate or advanced Japanese language learner. It is easier to... Continue →

At the end of my third semester in Japan, I took use of an extended school holiday and my last remaining months in Japan to plan a short trip to Taiwan and Hong Kong. During my stay I’ve had the pleasure to acquaint people from both regions and took this as the perfect excuse for some last minute sightseeing. Continue →

At the end of my third semester in Japan, I took use of an extended school holiday and my last remaining months in Japan to plan a short trip to Taiwan and Hong Kong. During my stay I’ve had the pleasure to acquaint people from both regions and took this as the perfect excuse for some last minute sightseeing. Continue →

At the start of the new academic year in Japan, early April, I joined a music circle and formed several bands with other members of the circle. During the summer break, one of my band’s members invited me to join his class’ study trip to Fukushima; gaining first hand experience at methods Fukushima’s civilians are employing to revitalize Fukushima’s tourist industry after the 2011 earthquake. Continue →

Last April, I received an opportunity to join my professor from KU Leuven, Dr. Prof. Schmidt, on a study-trip to Matsumoto. This, accompanied by several KU Leuven schoolmates as well as famous historian and professor at Matsumoto’s Shinshū University Ōgushi Junji, and his seminar students. On our study-trip, we would visit the Old System Matsumoto High School Museum (Kyūsei Matsumoto kōkō... Continue →

During this year’s golden week in Japan, I joined several friends for a short trip to Okinawa Island, the main island of the Okinawa prefecture. Due its pleasant tropic weather and beautiful beaches at this time of the year, Okinawa is one of the more popular destinations during Golden Week, and for us too a good occasion to finally visit Japan’s tropics. Continue →

As an undergraduate student at my Belgian university, I took several courses related to the Korean language and Korean history, which in turn made me quite eager to visit the country, given that I’d be living relatively close for the next year and a half. During my first semester studying in Japan, I was fortunate enough to make several good friends from South Korea. One of them had already... Continue →

It’s been a while since I’ve posted my last blog, and while I’ve had some ideas on new posts, I had to prioritize schoolwork, including finishing my graduation thesis and preparing my cultural exchange. Courtesy of my university I received the opportunity to study and live in Tokyo for a year and half at Chuo University with MEXT scholarship, as part of my Master degree in Japanese Studies.... Continue →