Gothic Cathedrals


Gothic Cathedrals
Starting in 12th century France, Gothic architecture spread all over Europe. Being a combination of highest skills in statics, masonry and glass art, it was the style of building medieval cathedrals and churches. Aiming to impress with a demonstration of power and pride in the christian world, they also have been amongst the tallest buildings from the middle ages until the advent of the skyscrapers. [view gallery]

Venice, Italy


Venice, Italy
When the first Doge was elected by Venetians in 726, a proud history started for the aquatic city state of Venice, undisturbed for almost eleven centuries. In 828, Venice needed a patron Saint. Venetian merchants set out to steal the bones of St. Mark from Alexandria. [view gallery]

Christmas in Germany


Christmas Decorations
Christmas is probably the most important holiday season in Germany. With a long christian tradition to look back to, strong customs emerged and are visible in cheerful decorations everywhere. Some personal photos and impressions are translated into Japanese to share our culture. [view gallery]