Since our elder daugh­ter had been in Japan in 2014 for a 3-month intern­ship as part of her stud­ies, we took the oppor­tu­ni­ty to vis­it her there. The coun­try enchant­ed us. Her younger sis­ter was appar­ent­ly also so impressed by Japan that she spent a semes­ter abroad in Tsuku­ba near Tokyo in the win­ter semes­ter of 2022 / 2023, where we vis­it­ed her again.

In Feb­ru­ary 2023, we vis­it­ed our younger daugh­ter who had just com­plet­ed her first for­eign semes­ter at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Tsuku­ba. Togeth­er we trav­eled through Japan with her as our lin­guis­ti­cal­ly skilled guide for over 2 1/2 weeks and vis­it­ed Tokyo, Hiroshi­ma and Kyō­to. Final­ly, we took a rental car from Kyō­to to Fuji-San and explored the sur­round­ings in beau­ti­ful weath­er. Since our daugh­ter already had a pret­ty good knowl­edge of the Japan­ese lan­guage and was also very famil­iar with the coun­try from her stay there for sev­er­al months, we did­n’t feel so for­eign this time and expe­ri­enced Japan much more inten­sive­ly than before.

Japan! This was a des­ti­na­tion we had always thought about. The oppor­tu­ni­ty first arose when our old­er daugh­ter com­plet­ed a 3-month intern­ship there with a com­pa­ny in Osa­ka as part of her stud­ies in mechan­i­cal engi­neer­ing. We decid­ed to “pick her up” there after­wards and trav­el through Japan togeth­er for 2 weeks dur­ing the turn of the year 2014 / 2015. We met her in Osa­ka and then vis­it­ed Kyō­to, Hiroshi­ma, Tokyo and also took a day trip to Fuji-san.