Japan 2018

My blog is not to cover a complete event or Country, it is more to communicate spotlights and impressions. Here impressions of my trip to Japan.


My friendship with a Japanese family reaches back 40 years when Hideko studied in Heidelberg and we met there. Since that time we keep contact, the Japanese family was here already several times here and I also gave them visits, once even with my sons. It gives us the feeling to be part of a world wide family.  This year I had the opportunity to meet the 3rd Generation, baby Mano.

I luckily could meet my Vietnamese host Anh. She is studying in Kobe and showed me around a day. I was happy to meet her again after 2 years.



My special friend in Japan is Mrs Kuahara. She s a master cook and teaches me cooking a bit and produces special dishes like a magician. The Japanese kitchen is very special and good.


Kyoto and Zen

Zen Buddhism developed in Kyoto. It wanted to give humans an easier access to the unification with this world by meditation. Therefor they created special gardens who should make it easier to feel one with the nature. Kyotos gardens are very much influenced by Zen.
I could visit even the imperial palace  which is closed most of the time.


Zen Things

  1. Do one thing at a time.
  2. Do it slowly and deliberately.
  3. Do it completely.
  4. Do less.
  5. Put space between things.
  6. Develop rituals.
  7. Designate time for certain things.
  8. Devote time to sitting.
  9. Smile and serve others.
  10. Make cleansing and cooking become meditation.
  11. Think about what is necessary.
  12. Live simply.


I was a bit late this year, so many cherry blossoms had already disappeared. But the last day we visited Osaka’s cherry blossom mile along th river. Ten thousands of people,  one way traffic for the visitors, policemen with megaphones asking not to stop, but always move on slowly.
It is not so easy for western people to feel the beauty of the nature in such a big crowd of people, but it was a special experience.

Thank you so much for your kindness, my friends!