Emily in Japan                  


My name is Emily and I live at the home of Heike in Germany .
Since August 2011 I stay in Japan, 
where I live at the home of Heike's friend Kaoru.
I changed the living place with my friends Miffy and Cherry, who live normally at Kaoru's place
and now they are the home of Heike in Germany:
Miffy since August 2011 and Cherry since June 2012.
I created this blog for showing you my life in Japan.
My greatest adventure ever!

                                                                                                         Time in Japan


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                                   Sunday,February 03, 2013

                                                           Emily celebrates Setsubun in Japan  

Oni wa soto!

Emily loves to eat her Eho-Maki.
If you would like to know more about Setsubun please click at
Monchhichis at Setsubun.


                                   Tuesday January 01, 2013
Happy New Year 2013 Emily!

Today we ate the japanese traditional special meal for New Year's day called ''osechi''

Me behind the osechi meal :o)

Me and a New Year decoration at the entrance of the house.

I went to a Shrine to pray for health and happiness of this year.


                                   Monday September 01, 2012


Today I saw a wonderful rainbow.


                                                 August 26-28, 2012  

                                                                   Emily had a trip to Nagasaki

I visited Nagasaki and a holland theme park.
This is the start of our trip at Haneda Airport.

Here we arrived at Nagasaki Airport.

Wow, this is "HUIS TEN BOSCH'', a Holland theme park. Will I see Miffy?

I love it!

We had a lunch. We ate ''Sasebo burgar''.

Holland is famous for cheese & wooden shoes.

Yeaaaaaaaah! Here is Miffy!!

Everywhere is a beautiful landscape.

We had a cruise.

We ate cheese fondu for dinner. It was delicious!

We had a very good time to spend in Huis Ten Bosch.
We enjoyed many shows, attractions, and went shopping!

We went to a ''Nagasaki Penguin aquarium'' and had a sightseeing in Nagasaki city.

This is a ''Megane Bashi'' (Glasses bridge), very famous.

And if you can find a ''Heart shaped stone'' beside this river, you will be happy!!

We ate ''Nagasaki Chan-pon'' for lunch, this is noodle. very yummy!

Then we went to Nagasaki Airport and took an airplane again, back to home!!
Wow, this trip was so exciting!


                               Friday August 17, 2012

                                                                                National Museum of Japanese History

Today, we visited the National Museum of Japanese History.

They had their kitchen barely inside the house but directly on the ground called ''Doma'' (土間) in Edo period.
The white 2 holes are the cooking stove.

I like it, when history is shown in a miniature way. It is very demonstrative.

Here is a scene of a religious festival named 春日若宮おん祭 (kasuga wakamiya on matsuri) in Nara period (8th century).

The pictures below are scenes of Edo city.

This is a drug store in 1950's - 1960's. The signs are the names of skin diseases and social diseases.


                                Sunday June 06, 2012

Tokyo Skytree

I was at the new Tokyo Skytree. Wooooow!

Entrance of the Skytree.

Then we went to the Sumida Aquarium at the Skytree.



                            Monday May 21, 2012


Today we have an eclipse at the sky. I use my special sunglasses to watch it.

  Please don't push, ok?

                            Friday May 05, 2012

Flower park tour

Me and my friend Anne went to a flower park tour by sightseeing bus.
First, we visited ''Yakyu inari shrine'' in Saitama prefecture.
This shrine is famous for Botan (peonies).

Next, we went ''Yacyonomori Koen'' in Gunma prefecture.
In the very large park, there are various kinds of flowers are in bloom.
They are beautiful. We ate ''cherry blossom softcream'' there! yummy!

Then, we visited ''Tsutsujigaoka park'', very near from Yacyonomori Koen.
So many kinds of Tsutsuji (azaleas) were in full bloom!
We are very surprised to know, there are about 50 kinds of azaleas there!

Finally, we went to ''Ashikaga flower park'' in Tochigi prefecture.
This park is very famous for ''big wisterias(Fuji)''.
This big wisterias's age is over 145 years! very long!
like a flower shower! It was so beautiful.

We are fully enjoyed lots of flowers today! We want to join this tour in the next year...(*^_^*)

Oh, now I am so hungry. We had a great lunch!

箭弓(yakyu) is the same pronounciation with 野球(baseball) in Japanese,
so lots of people come to pray making progress in their baseball ability.

What a wonderful day! Thank you Kaoru ♥


                            Saturday April 07, 2012

My Ohanami picninc

Today we had an ''ohanami'' picnic in the park near our house.
Cherry blossoms are in full bloom and so beautiful!
We enjoyed viewing flowers and of course, eat & drink!!
We had a very good time. We always love picnic!

Me and Anne with our bento boxes.

Welcome spring!


                            Friday April 06, 2012

Emily enjoys spring

My friend Anne and me are happy about the spring with the wonderful colours.


                            Saturday March 03, 2012

Emily celebrates Hina Matsuri

Me in front of the precious Hina Matsuri dolls of Kaoru's family.

Look how I am dressed up for that day...I love it!

Hina Matsuri cake.


Japanese sweets (from the left side; Do-myo-ji (pink), Kashiwa-mochi (with leaf), Kusa-mochi (green))

Me standing in "Chirashi-sushi (decorated rice)" :o)


strawberries are the messenger of spring.
Thank you Kaoru for that wonderful day!


                            Friday, February 03, 2012

      Emily in Setsubun

February 3rd is ''Setsubun'' in Japan.
Emily and Anne are playing ''Bean Throwing Ceremony''.
Anne performs ''Oni (Demon)''
and Emily is throwing roasted soybeans, shouting ''Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!!!'' (demons out! luck in!)  

is the Bean-Throwing Festival or Bean-Throwing Ceremony in Japan.

It is the day before the beginning of Spring in Japan.
The name literally means "seasonal division", but usually the term refers to the Spring Setsubun,
properly called Risshun, celebrated yearly on February 3 as part of the Spring Festival ( haru matsuri).
In its association with the Lunar New Year, Spring Setsubun can be and was previously thought of as a sort of New Year's Eve
and so was accompanied by a special ritual to cleanse away all the evil of the former year
and drive away disease-bringing evil spirits for the year to come.
This special ritual is called "mamemaki"  (literally "bean throwing").
Source: Wikipedia


                            Sunday, January 29, 2012
Emily & Anne in the cake shop

"Which one should we eat first?"

''I can't choose one of them!''They look all so delicious.


                            Sunday, January 01, 2012
                                                                          Emily ate Osechi meal at New Years Day

This is the photo of the morning on January 1st 2012, when I ate Osechi-meal as breakfast.

Osechi is a special meal Japanese eat at New Years Days. YUMMY!


                            Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year from Emily!

Kadomatsu is a traditional japanese decoration of the New Year
 placed in pairs in front of homes to welcome ancestral spirits.  
You may watch Heike's Monchhichi Kadomatsu page here.

This is my german friend Anne and me in Kimonos celebrating the japanese New Year.

 Happy New Year !
      from Emily & her friends in Japan


                            Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas with Emily


Today Emily and her new friend from Germany ''Anne'' made a lot of Christmas Cookies for their friends.
They are thinking about their friend's happy face.


Christmas present for Emily from Miffy

Miffy; This is a Christmas present for you!
Emily: Oh, thank you very much! May I open?
Miffy; Sure!

Emiliy; Oh! pretty necklace and cute wooden doll!
Miffy; This necklace is made by Kaoru!

Emily; Look! Am I like a princess?
Miffy; Yes, you look really a princess!

Wow! I'm so happy!

Emily & Miffy; Merry Christmas!!

Xmas present to Emily from Miffy in Germany

Miffy, now stay with Heike in Germany,
send Emily a Christmas present!

Let's open!

Card and tiny glitter purse!
How cute! I am so happy

In the purse, there is a tiny bear chocolate!
I love all of them and
nice handmade card!

Merry Christmas to you all from Emily in Japan ♥


                           Friday, November 25, 2011

I love sweets, because I am a sweetie! :o)


                           Saturday, November 03, 2011
Some days ago Emily did a one-day sightseeing bus trip to "Yoro Keikoku" Valley and an orange fruit field.
                                           After that she visited the Tokyo German Village with the winter illuminations.

“Yoro Keikoku” Valley


I am a wild girl, hehe :o)

This is a great photo from me. Thank you Kaoru!  

I watched the fall and colored leaves. It was very beautiful!!

Orange Fruit Field

Here, you can take oranges by yourself and you can eat them as much as you like.
We got full(^o^).

Oh so many oranges!

I love to eat oranges

Ha ha the orange is as great as I am :o)

Tokyo German Village

The lights were so impressive!

Oh, this is marvellous!

..... this was really unforgettable!


                           Sunday, October 27, 2011

                                           Emily went to Nagahama Castle, visited Hikone town and met "Hikonyan"

After Chikubu Island, we went to Nagahama Castle.
It is not the original construction, it was built on 1983 as a museum.
Originally, Nagahama Castle was built on 1573, after many wars it was broken on 1615.
From the top floor, we can see the Lake Biwa in a panoramic view.

This is the dinner at Nagahama Hotel.
We ate sashimi, beef, vegetables, matsutake mushroom,
and many dishes devoted a lot of time to cook.
We were full!

                                                          Emily visited town

The next day, we went to Hikone town.
Hikone Castle was constructed on 1603.
Today it remains one of the oldest original-construction castles in Japan.
Hikone Castle was designated a National Treasure
by the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture.

                                                       Emily met "Hikonyan"

The ''Hikonyan'' is the very famous character of Hikone Castle.
''Hiko'' is from ''Hikone'' and
''Nyan'' is the baby talk meas ''cat''.
So it means ''The cat in Hikone''.
It puts on the ''Samurai helmet'' on its head.

It dances, jumps, turns, shakes hands without speaking at all.
It acts out many pantomimes.
Many Japanese like Hikonyan because we feel it is ''Kawaii'', pretty,
so it is very popular character in Japan.

We met Hikonyan and enter the Hikone Castle, and this is the end of our trip,
we went home.
It was fun to make a small trip!

This is me at the the tea room :o)


                           Sunday, October 16, 2011

                                           Emily had a trip to Shiga prefecture by Sin-kan-sen, made a cruise and visited Chikubu Island

I had a trip to Shiga prefecture by Shin-kan-sen (super express train, its top speed is more than 200km/h) with Kaoru's family.
We went to Biwako Lake, the biggest lake in Japan, and to old castles.
The landscape from the window of Shinkansen is rice field.

Please take a seat!

This is an impressive train!

Wooow, I am so fast!!!

                                           Emily made a cruise

We had a Biwako cruise.
On the lake, the wind was fresh and we felt very good.
Then, we arrived at small island ''Chikubu-jima'' (Chikubu island).
This island is believed to Gods are living.
Chikubujima at Wikipedia

Look my hair is flying in the wind!


                                           Emily at Chikubu Island

In the Chikubu island, there is a temple, named ''Hougonji temple'', established at 724.

Me at Hougonji.

After visited the Hougonji temple, we had a cruise again
and back to the Nagahama port. What a gret day!!
I am so thankful that Kaoru's family took me with them on this impressive journey.


                           Sunday, October 02, 2011
                                           Emily at a doughnut shop

Today we had lunch at a doughnut shop.

What a great variety of doughnuts, wow?
In Germany I do not know a donut shop. I think, there are no such shops in my country.

We ate a noodle soup.
At this shop we can eat donoughnuts, noodle, pie, coffee, cafe au lait,
cola and some japanese sweets such as crushed ice with green tea syrup.


                           Monday, September 12, 2011
                                           Emily in front of a shrine

Here you can see the purifying menu of the shrine.

This is me in front of the gate of the shrine which is called "Torii"


                           Saturday, September 10, 2011
                                           Emily visited a japanese cake shop

Oh, how delicious every cake looks, which one should I try?


                           Friday, September 09, 2011
                                           Emily went to a japanese ceramic ware shop

Oh, there are a lot of different plates here. I like this design very much!

I like to drink tea and having a teatime, so I was very interested to see these wonderful japanese tea pots.

These tea pots are more special, how nice!

Many Maneki-Neko are sold here.


                           Tuesday, September 06, 2011
                                           Emily travelled by train  

I am so excited, because I travel by a japanese train.

Oh, the train is coming!

Wow, I am so fast and I sit so comfortable!

Now I am "japanese-train approved", hehe :o) 


                           Sunday, September 04, 2011
                                           Emily went to a japanese castle           

Today I went to a japanese castle. Wow, it is so different from german castles.

        This is ''Chiba castle'' build in 1126 and remodeled afterwards.

This is the entrance of "Chiba castle".

Look this is the armor of ''Samurai'' (Japanese warrior) out of the Edo period (1603-1868). I am deeply impressed.

This is a japanese sword called ''Katana'' out of the Edo period.

The painting which you see here is called "Sumie-painting" (''Suibokuga" in Japanese)

This is me at the Tea room in front of the castle. This castle is used as a museum now.  
Many thanks to Miffy, Ayuka, Kazuki and Kaoru for inviting me to take part
at that very interesting and fascinating journey to the "Chiba castle".

Here is a link to a website about the castle:


                                           Wednesday, August 31, 2011
                                           Emily went to a japanese supermarket

This is the first time that I visit a japanese supermarket.

I love vegetables and fruits! Mmh...what will we cook today? I am excited.


                           Tuesday, August 30, 2011
                                           Emily and her new friend Skyblue

''Oh, you have so blue hair. Who are you?''

''My name is ''skyblue'' and limited in Tokyo, Japan.''

''This deep blue color is beautiful.''

''Thank you. Let's take a photo in front of this building.
This building is built in 1899.
It is the ''registered tangible cultural property''
(''touroku yuukei bunka isan'' in Japanese).''

''How old!''

....to be continued....


                           Sunday, August 28, 2011

                                           Emily went to a little forest near Kaoru's house

Today I went to a little forrest.

Look at me I stay on the wooden deck! It is such a wonderful day and in the forrest it is not so hot.

Here you can see me under the tree house.


                           Friday, August 26, 2011
                                           Emily's new friends

My new friends are ''Sakura'' (girl) and ''Ken'' (boy).
They belong to Kaorus daughter. Thank you Ayu for my new playfellows!
We took our first photo together at the veranda at Kaoru's house.
This flower is ''asagao'' in Japanese and ''morning glory'' in English.
They are not only purple, they have various colors, red, pink, white, blue, and tie-dyed.
Asagao is a traditional Japanese flower in summer since 1300 years ago. Wow!


                           Thursday, August 25, 2011
                                            A new dress for Emily

Today I'm wearing a new dress made by Kaoru. She presented it to me. Many thanks Kaoru, for this lovely and stylish dress !!! :o)
Heike thinks, that Kaoru is a fantastic dress designer ♥

Which book will I read today?


                           Tuesday, August 23, 2011
                                            Emily visited Miffy's parents

Today Emily visited Miffy's parents.
Miffy's father, mother and aunt Alice welcomed.
"How do you do. I'm Emily from Germany."


                           Monday, August 22, 2011
                                            Emily with traditional japanese toys

   It's rainy this morning in Japan.So I played with traditional japanese toy at home.


                            Sunday, August 21, 2011
                                             Emily in a kimono

                                                               Oh, I am so excited!! This is the first time I wear a kimono...                     ...and it looks so beautiful! A kimono is so stylish! ♥

I am so honoured, that I was invited to the wedding party of Miffy. Congratulations to your wedding. What a wonderful day!


                            Friday, August 19, 2011
                                             Emily watches and tastes

Emily at the movie theatre in the movie "Hop" in Japan

Do you like Sushi Emily?


                            Thursday, August 18, 2011
                                             Emily wiht Maneki-Neko

Look, this is me with Maneki-Neko. Kaoru told me, that
''Maneki'' means ''Beckon'', and ''Neko'' means ''Cat'' in Japanese.
Maneki-Neko is a traditional lucky sculpture in Japan, often made of ceramic, size is various, which is believed to bring good luck to the owner.
And is usually displayed (many times at the entrance and in shops and restaurants)
in the design of the sculptures. A raised right paw will attracts money, on the other hand, a raised left paw will attracts people.


                            Wednesday, August 17, 2011
                                             Emily at the Tokyo tower

Soon we will arrive at the Tokyo tower :o)

Wow, it's high!

the view ofTokyo from 250m high


                            Tuesday, August 16, 2011
                                             At a japanese post box

Now I know, how a japanese post box looks. German post boxes are yellow:

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                            Sunday, August 14, 2011
                                             Summer in Japan

Hello summer :o)

Ah, I love sun flowers!

                            Saturday, August 13, 2011
                                            Welcome Emily!    

This is my Welcome Tea Ceremony. It is the best tea I have ever taste!


                            Friday, August 05, 2011    
                                            Today is the great day! I will travel to Japan.

Oh, I am so tired and a bit scary!

Good Morning, now I am awake and happy!

I think my hair is ok.

Ah, good, that I put my dress at my table yesterday evening.

Now I have to put my clothes into my suitcase.

Oh oh so many dresses. Do I have enough space in my suitcase? Ok I will dress me up with the different clothes and then decide which want should go with me.

Ta daaaaaaa!

It is too cute. This outfit is absolut important for the stylish Japan.

When it is cold outside I NEED this dufflecoat!


...and it fits to my styllish outfit,hehe.

When I want to feel comfortable I have to take this outfit with me.

....and this is super super important for my daily jogging. I think I have to take them all. :o) 

Now I have to say goodbye to my best friends.

Oh , it is so sad, that you travel so far away Emily...but I wish you all the best and I am looking forward to see your photos.

Bye bye Emily...oh I am so sad...


.....but best friends are always together in mind, although they are physically separated.

Japan I am coming!


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