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Saturday, April 13, 2019

All you need to know about the Tokyo Robot Cafe "Henn na Cafe"

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Mr. Robot Barista ready to pour some coffee. Kamae! 
Photo: Anette

Tokyo is known as a place where you can find both the newest of the newest and the weirdest of the weirdest. A couple of years ago I wrote about Tokyo's first Robot Hotel with the fitting name "Henn na Hotel" which literally means "strange hotel". And yes, the people who are behind this up-and-coming hotel chain are the same as the owners of this cafe, going by the name "Henn na Cafe", which in other words means "Strange Cafe". Without further redo, here is all you need to know!

Monday, April 8, 2019

6 Reasons Why you should Visit Saitama's Moomin Valley Park

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Moomins and friends on stage at the Moomin Valley park 
Photo: Anette

Did you know that the new Moomin Valley Park opened up in Saitama on March 16th? This park is the first Moomin park situated outside of Finland and whether you're already a fan or not, it is a great opportunity to see the Moomins up close. I paid a visit to the park on a pre-opening tour, and although we were unfortunate with the weather it was a charming park that deserves a revisit on a sunny day. If you find yourself spending some time in Japan, here are six reasons why you should visit the Moomin Valley Park this year.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Learn about Scandinavia in Japanese! Launching Hokuou Hygge (北欧ヒュッゲ)

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Hi there! I've been a bit busy with various projects in the last couple of months and haven't been able to keep the blog up to date. One of the things I've been working on has been to create a YouTube channel where you can learn more about the Nordic countries - taught in Japanese! With everything made from scratch by myself, it has been a rather time-consuming project. There's a lot of room for improvement, so your comments and feedback are much appreciated! 
In this episode, we take a look at the 5 main Nordic languages and some of their characteristics.

北欧ヒュッゲ 🇳🇴🇩🇰🇮🇸🇸🇪🇫🇮

Hokuou Hygge: What are the Nordic Languages?

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Gifu: 5 Things you should try in Gujo Hachiman (郡上八幡)

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A charming shop in Gujo Hachiman
Photo: Anette

Gujo is a small town in Gifu prefecture, an area most known for the historical city of Takayama and the Unesco-listed village Shirakawa-go. I recently visited Gujo Hachiman for the Gujo Odori festival, but there are many other things this little town has to offer for interested visitors. If you're looking for activities you can do while in Gujo Hachiman you can check out five of my recommendations in this post!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

How to become a Fukumusume (Shrine Maiden) - Imamiya Ebisu, Osaka

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Back when I was a student in Kyoto I had the chance to participate in the popular festival "Toka Ebisu" (十日戎) in Osaka as a "lucky girl" - fukumusume (福娘). This was a great cultural experience for me, and one of the most fun memories I have of my time as a student in Japan. Each year the Imamiya Ebisu shrine elects a total of 50 girls through the Fukumusume contest, and the lucky chosen get to work at the shrine during the 3-day long Osaka festival held on an annual basis in January, and if you are lucky you could have the chance to become one of the lucky girls of next year!

Monday, September 24, 2018

When and where to see Autumn Foliage in Japan 2018

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The five-star pagoda of Kyoto's To-ji (東寺 - East Temple)
Photo: Anette

Although most tourists are familiar with the Japanese cherry blossom period the autumn is almost just as popular among domestic travelers. The red-leaf season is known as kouyou (紅葉) in Japanese, which literarily means "red leaves". The Japanese red maple looks stunningly beautiful with its dark red colors and is a spectacle within short traveling distance whether you visit one of the bustling Japanese cities or the laidback countryside. Below you can find a chart by the Japan Rail Pass Official Vendor that shows when and where to visit:

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Gifu: 7 Tips About the Gujo Odori Festival You Need To Know

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Non-stop dancing until dawn. This is the Gujo Odori.
Photo: Anette

Bon-Odori (A dance taking place during the Japanese Obon period) is a typical sight during summer in Japan, concentrating on mid-August. You can find these dances being held throughout the country, both in the bigger cities (here from Bon-Odori in Ebisu) and out on the countryside. Amongst them is the Gujo Odori taking place at Gujo Hachiman (郡上八幡) in Gifu Prefecture, known as one of Japan's three most important Obon Odoris. Every night tens of thousands of people come together to dance to the songs of ancient times, with the sound of their geta shoes clashing against the pavement and tunes of shamisen filling the air. As you get closer to dawn the sounds around you intensify, and it is as if you can feel the spirits of an age long gone. This is a Japanese Obon festival you wouldn't want to miss out on.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

【Announcement】Update in Blog URL - From Adventures of Anette to Vikingess Voyages

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Some of you might already have noticed that the logo and looks of my blog has changed. And there are more changes up and coming; as of October 15th I'm planning to change the URL of this blog from to I hope the new blog name Vikingess Voyages will be easier to use, and that you'll still come back to join me for more exciting adventures in Japan and abroad.

For those of you who have been following my blog, please bookmark the new URL so that we can stay in touch.

Lots of love,

Friday, September 7, 2018

Papua New Guinea: Five Easy Rules to Stay Safe in Port Moresby

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Some parts of Port Moresby are more idyllic - here from the Koki Fish Market
Photo: Anette

While Papua New Guinea is known as a fantastic destination for diving, bird watching and exotic festivals the capital Port Moresby, also known as Pom City, is infamous for being one of the most dangerous cities in the world. The situation might not be as bad as portrayed by some international media, but if you’re visiting the capital it is still best to take some precautions to ensure that you’ll be able to go back home with only pleasant memories from your trip. 

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A modern day shield-maiden who loves to explore the unbeaten paths of the world. From her base in Tokyo, Anette takes on both rural and urban challenges, and goes by the motto "No challenge too big, no adventure too small"!
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