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Born 1985 in Hamburg, I spent my life in northern Germany until I began to study. After one year studying Japanese language and culture at Hamburg University I moved to Munich where I continued my studies and earned my Master’s degree. After a few months working holiday in Kyoto, I went on studying at Osaka University, where I did research on Overweight in Japan (metabo) and earned my PhD in March 2016.

Japan is my first love. A love that dates back to when I was twelve years old and wrote into my diary: “Dear diary, from today I decided to find out more about Asia, ’cause somehow I really like Asia!” Soon this interest focused on Japan, but I didn’t ever think of studying Japanese culture until eleventh grade when I found out that there was a subject like this. And even then Japanese studies didn’t sound like something to make a living from… Well, it still doesn’t but I can’t do anything else than listen to my heart, decide the things I can decide and let fate decide the things I can’t. Anyways, I never regretted my choice and love Japan ever more ‘though as in every true love there are ups and downs.

In 2007 I finally had the opportunity to meet my love and took part in a one year exchange program at Osaka University. Don’t know why but I always wanted to study in Osaka. Maybe because Osaka is partner town of Hamburg? I really don’t know. Maybe fate was calling me to Kansai because I found my second love and now husband there.

What’s this all about?

I used to blog about my life as an exchange student in Japan for a year before starting this blog. As before I wanted to share my upcoming experiences in Japan, but this time I also wanted to blog about other aspects of life. I wanted a space to think, question and create that’s just the blog side of my life. That being said, my life is still deeply connected to Japan so most of the articles you find here will have some connection with Japan, too.

In case you wonder about the blog header: It’s part of a painting by Okamoto Taro, a Japanese artist I like very much. He’s famous for saying that art is an explosion. I wrote a little post on that which can be found here.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Jon permalink
    May 9, 2010 22:27

    Hey, this is Jon (former from JapanSoc), I just wanted to say thanks for the blog posts and the discussions. Good luck with your blogging!

    • franeymoon permalink
      May 9, 2010 23:47

      Thank you, Jon! I’m really sorry how that discussion on JapanSoc ended for you… Hope to hear from you again ‘though. You’re always welcome at my blog 🙂

  2. September 4, 2010 14:48

    Just found your blog and like you, I am in love with Japan. How wonderful that you’re even studying it. Will definitely keep visiting your blog for more Japan-related bits. 🙂

    • franeymoon permalink
      September 4, 2010 22:15

      Thank you!! I’m glad you like my blog and there will be much more Japan-related stuff when I’m back in Japan 😉

  3. September 28, 2010 11:17


    I’m the editor of Expat (, a site devoted to developing comprehensive destination guides aimed at easing expat transitions abroad. I came across your blog while doing research to enhance the Japan portion of our site, and I was hoping I could convince you to share some of your expat insight. We’re constantly looking for contributors, and in exchange, we can give our writers promotional profiles where you have the opportunity to promote yourself, your blog and your business. Would you be interested in adding some content to Expat Arrivals? I know you’re not currently in the country, but it still seems as if you have lots of valuable knowledge. Thanks for your time and consideration, I look forward to hearing from you!


  4. Kitsune permalink
    June 5, 2012 13:16


    I just discovered your blog while looking for information about the OUSSEP program. Your site popped up, and I decided to take a look. I myself am going to spend a year in OUSSEP starting this September, so I hope to get some “Inside Information” on life at Handai and life in Osaka generally – and this seems like a very well-written and insightful blog^_^ Ich habe auch gelest, dass du von Deutschland kommt – echt geil. So viele blogs sind von Amerikanern geschrieben, und ich vermisse das europäische Perspektive. Zurück zur englisch – Ich kann schon alles Deutsch verstehen, aber mein eigenes Sprache ist jetzt so unheimlich schlecht geworden^_^; So anyways, just wanted to say thanks for writing this cool blog, and I’ll be reading on, so don’t give up – お願いします~^_^

    • franeymoon permalink*
      June 5, 2012 15:06

      Thanks for your nice comment! I have wonderful memories of OUSSEP and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. Just don’t expect to learn too much 😉 Did you find the way to my former blog which I wrote during my OUSSEP time? Since you can read German, you should have a look at it. Where are you from by the way? I’ll do my best to keep blogging. Cheers, Franzi

  5. Kitsune permalink
    June 5, 2012 19:29

    Well, just discovered your German blog now. Fantastic! Now I can get information on OUSSEP, AND brush up on my ever deteriorating German skills^_^ I’m from your neighbors to the north, i.e. Denmark, so very close to Germany^_^ I read some comments in a report about OUSSEP at my University, and the person also stressed the fact, that you don’t learn so much (academically at least) while studying at OUSSEP – but since you also mention it, it seems to have some (unfortunate) truth to it. But I guess that it’s just how you deal with it, so I’ll be do a lot of self-studying. On the plus side though, it gives me extra time to study outside the classroom, and hopefully improve my abilities as both a student of Japan, and the Humanities. Well that’s the plan anyways, so I hope I don’t get caught in some viscous cycle of nomihodai and karaoke^_^; Anyways, looking forward to revisiting and living in what I assume to be an awesome and very interesting city^^

    • franeymoon permalink*
      June 11, 2012 03:46

      Sorry for the late reply!! You’re right about self-studying. If you only stick to OUSSEP you’ll pretty much waste a year here. But if you try to go beyond that it can be very rewarding. I was lucky to get in touch with profs outside OUSSEP and made precious contacts. Through them I was able to come back to Handai last year and one of them is my doctoral supervisor now 🙂 So, yeah, it absolutely depends on how you use the time here. And don’t worry about nomikai etc. You’ll have lots. And you shouldn’t miss them 😉 Btw, I love Denmark. Spent many holidays there especially on Fanø♥

  6. Kitsune permalink
    July 2, 2012 14:08

    Hi again,

    I just wanted to run one last question by you, if it’s alright. I’m planning on staying in Osaka

    for a while before coming to OU. I’ve actually had a surprisingly hard time finding reviews or

    recommendations on decent hotels in Osaka. So I thought that I could ask you if you by

    any chance know or have experience with good hotels in Osaka, that you can recommend?

    Thereby I mean decent in price and overall accommodation.

    I really hope that you can help me, and it will be greatly appreciated!

    Feel free to recommend as many (if any) as you like ^_^

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