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The Pursuit of Happiness In A Profit Driven Society
When we tell people that we want to chase our dreams, we are told to stop being ridiculous and be more realistic. It has been drilled into our brains that the ultimate career goal is to be employed, move up in a big name company and make good money, while chasing dreams is something for people who don’t know anything about the real world.

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The profitability of STEM and the vanity of the Arts and Humanities
As I have observed, nobody questions your choice of study if you answer with a business or a STEM subject when you are asked about your major. Because it makes sense to study those. Because you will supposedly have a future in those fields. Because the government and the industries tell you that that is where the future and the money lies.

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Equality is wishful thinking. Only in death we will become equal.
The typical path for anyone who wants to get into a higher paying position is usually going to university, graduate and apply for a job in that specific field or in another one. Regardless of which position they want to work in, most people with a degree would probably like to avoid working in the service industry for example …

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There are just a few days left before this year’s Japantag, so after procrastinating on it for months, I  thought it would be a good time to finally write a blog post about last year’s event.
Just before New Year 2018 I made a resolution to finally cosplay Kaonashi or No Face, one of my favorite characters from the movie Spirited Away by Hayao Miyazaki.

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 Recently, the inquiries regarding collaborations/TFP-photoshoots have been increasing which is why I feel the need to write a more detailed guide about this topic. I appreciate the people who inform themselves, before asking questions that could have been answered with some research.


‘What do you want to do when you grow up?’. I think everyone has already heard this kind of question at least once. Everybody knows that we will hear this question more often as we grow up.
I hated that question.


I remember my parents telling me about a tradition of laying out different items in front of a child. Depending on which kind of item the child chooses to pick up, he will pursue the profession associated with that item. Apparently I picked up a syringe, …


I have been told by people who are close to me that sometimes they don’t really know what I am thinking, what’s on my mind. Maybe this series will answer some unspoken questions and it will  help them to understand me a little bit more.

I can say that it was quite an eventful year and it didn’t really go as expected. I am back in Germany now and I have a lot to say and to talk about, to the point where I don’t even know where to start.Last time I updated my blog, I wrote about …

University has started once again with the cherry blossom season. You would think that this is the time to go out with friends, to admire the cherry blossoms and to enjoy the warm spring breeze under the bright sunshine. However, …

I experienced a lot during the past few months and there are a few things I want to do differently next semester. First of all, I want to take international courses in which I don’t have to put too much effort into. I chose two international courses based …

Personal Life

Now that the freshmen have arrived, I thought I could write an update concerning my university life. I have been studying Japanese and Information Science at university for one year now.  I certainly enjoy my life in Düsseldorf, more than I have …

Since I didn’t have time to update my blog so much since the last entry, at least I wanted to upload something new before I go back to Freiburg for Christmas holidays. That’s why I decided to tell you a bit about the little sightseeing …

I really didn’t intend to go to this year’s Japan Day in Düsseldorf. My friends from Freiburg who I cosplayed with last time couldn’t come visit me and some other people I usually hang out with also didn’t intend to come or didn’t have the time to do so.


So I will start again where I left off and continue introducing interesting restaurants that I have visited in Düsseldorf. Recently I had to visit the city for a week and I took the opportunity to check …

A few weeks ago I went out to eat Sushi for the first time in Düsseldorf. I bought some at the Japanese supermarket before, but my friends and I wanted to try out this restaurant once, since our other classmates …

I noticed, that I don’t usually go out to eat waffles. Whenever I eat those, it is always homemade by friends or by myself. However this time two of my friends wanted to check out this waffles store …