The Oriental Adventures of Mr Lax

or "The Story of a Finnish Gentleman and his Travels in the Far East"

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Back home – Getting used to Finland

It has been a week since I returned to Finland. As many of my predecessors told me, it does indeed feel strange to be back home after a whole year of living abroad. While there are plenty of things that I have missed (Finnish bread, oh yes!), I feel like I have been taken away from my natural habitat and put in with these weird people who speak the...

Life back in Finland – Japan everywhere

Almost as uneventful as it has been, I have managed to enjoy my life back here in Finland so far. The familiarity of things first struck me as odd, but at the same time I have realized that things have changed. Small and subtle changes, but changes none the less. Some products that I have used for a long time have disappeared and some new and perplexing...

From kokeshi to origami – Birthday party

As foreshadowed in my previous journal entry, I recently celebrated my 25th birthday with my little sister who just turned eleven. My sister, who had recently gotten quite interested in the Japanese culture, wanted to have a Japanese themed birthday party together with me. We had been making plans regarding the party a while before my return to Finland,...

Japanese in Jyväskylä – The JyJy group

I have tried to update my blog twice per month, but ever since I returned home, I have been a bit struggling to keep up with the pace, mostly due to the fact that there isn’t much to write about. So I will instead try to write one journal entry each month. Hopefully I’ll have time to write even about something small and simple. Besides my regular studies,...

Stones and Lives – Traditional Japanese Games: Go

As I mentioned in the Introduction, I have a deep interest for Japanese games. For the past year, I have spent plenty of time in order to look information about and try out these games as much as possible. It took me a long time to start composing this blogpost merely due to the sheer amount of information and work that was required in order to make...

Theme Music – Artists That I Encountered From Anime

Music has always been one of the most important aspect of the anime series for me. Not only the amazing scores and background music filled with emotions and pathos, but also the openings and endings of the series. It is customary for Japanese anime series to feature a short, teaser-like introductory video at the beginning of the episode, showcasing...

Back to Kansai Part 1 – Plans and Preparations

To my surprise, I managed to find enough time and money to go on a two week journey to Japan even if I still have some important courses coming up. Fortunately February ended up being a somewhat free from all classes and obligations, meaning that I actually had a chance to leave Finland without gravely disturbing my studies. Currently the only course...

Back to Kansai Part 2 – Turning Japanese

In the end, two weeks is a really short time to spend anywhere and it was soon over. I was planning on writing something during the trip, but I didn’t have enough time to finish it before I returned. Therefore I am going to write this second part now that I have returned to Finland and I’ll try to briefly summarize the experiences I had in Japan during...

Introducing Japanese Food Part 1 – Ramen and Karee

As a culturally sophisticated man who is interested in cuisines from all around the world, it is no wonder that I have taken a liking to Japanese cuisine as well. During my trips to Japan I have encouraged myself to try all different kinds of foods, apart from the notorious natto that I still haven’t had the courage to face. Naturally there are some...

Something Personal – Work and Studies

This month, I wanted to make another post about the Japanese cuisine, but I’ve been recently quite busy with my studies and everything. I do want to keep this blog updated at least once a month however, so I figured that I’d make a small journal entry on the personal level. I have been recently working on a local start-up called Expa, a game industry...

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