Chipango is the name by which Marco Polo called the mysterious country now known as Japan.
In September 2008, my husband Domenico and I (Susanne) have moved to Japan, a country neither of us had visited before, to take up three-year postdoc positions at the newly founded Institute of the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe, which is located on the Kashiwa Campus (柏の葉) of the University of Tokyo. These three years in Japan have been an exciting adventure for us.
Since for once, we had something to tell, and to keep in touch with friends and family in Europe, we have kept this blog. To our surprise, its readership has grown far beyond the original intended audience!
This blog is primarily about our life in Japan. Now that we have left the country, I keep updating the blog with material from our regular extended stays in Japan.
The image header of this blog shows the view from the top floor of our first temporary residence in Kashiwa-no-Ha, close to our workplace, on a clear late autumn morning, with Mt. Fuji on the right and Tokyo on the left-hand side.
Since photography is one of my hobbies, almost all pictures featured on the blog are my own, from the quick and dirty snapshot of something funny I encountered on the run to the carefully composed ones featured in the “Picture Book” gallery posts. I take pride in showing original material on Chipango instead of just aggregating stuff I found on the web. If you would like to use one of my photos, please contact me using the form below. Please do not use it without permission.
There are tons of categories on this blog, here is an overview over the most popular ones:
- If you are interested in sightseeing tips for Japan, head here.
- If you are interested in getting out and about, our walks and hikes (many around Tokyo) are collected here.
- If you are contemplating moving to Japan or are simply interested in life in Japan, check here.
- If you’d like to see pictures from Japan, the Picture Book category is right for you.
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