Snow in March?

Yesterday it was a balmy 25 degrees Celsius here. Today I wake up to rain that changed to wet snow and within a few hours it looked like this outside and the temperature was 1 (one!) degree Celsius. So I ventured outside and walked around the block. It’s really the first snowfall this season that […]

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Trip to Okinawa

Finally, it was Vacation Time! This year, a short 4 days/3 nights trip to Naha, Okinawa, my first time to the islands down south. It was a reunion trip with two friends from my days as a doctoral student back in New York City. Students in New York back then, now many years later, each […]

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Kameliendame Can’t believe it’s been 40 years since this ballet premiered in Stuttgart. Back then the world renowned Stuttgart Ballet had amazing principal soloists including Marcia Haydée, Richard Cragun, Egon Madsen, Birgit Keil and a fantastic corps de ballet. Choreographer John Neumeier created this ballet, an adaptation of la Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas […]

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Trip to Munich

As promised, here is a summary of my trip to Germany over Easter 2018. This time, I was able to get away for 6 nights and had decided to spend the entire time in Munich, Germany. I didn’t go back to the cities I lived in the past, my “hometown” of Freiburg as well as […]

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Oh, Du fröhliche…not!

With Christmas approaching, even though it’s not a holiday here in Japan, Christmas carols are sounding from each store and public space. Even though Christmas isn’t celebrated here, for some reason, those songs and even more curiously, strawberry shortcake seem to come with this season. As well as bazillions of tacky so called “illuminations” that […]

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