Kai Dambach

Mount Fuji: A beauty from afar, a challenge up close | DW | 15.08.2018

Just over a two-hour bus ride outside of Tokyo is Japan's most famous landmark: Mount Fuji, a 3,776-meter (12,388 feet) tall landmark. It is often hidden behind clouds but in the right weather conditions, at the right time of day and from the right location, one can occasionally see the mountain just above the Tokyo skyline. It serves as constant reminder to those in Tokyo that there is more to life than working in this mega labyrinth of steel. As you approach Mount Fuji, such as through the sm

Visiting Chernobyl more powerful than Instagram hype | DW | 20.06.2019

Soon after the critically acclaimed HBO and Sky miniseries Chernobyl ended, controversy erupted over Instagram selfies taken at the actual disaster site. It seems that clicking the heart, sharing and/or shaming has suddenly become more important than remembering the nuclear catastrophe that took place in Ukraine on April 26, 1986. This rings alarm bells for me, and not just generally because of social media-spurred overtourism, but because I myself actually visited Chernobyl not too long ago, be

USA goalkeeper Zack Steffen on Black Lives Matter: If you're silent, you're against us | DW | 12.06.2020

"What does it mean when the very nation I protect the goal for won't protect its citizens who look like me? When its leaders disregard our most basic human rights? When our lives are at risk by simply existing?" That is part of what Fortuna Düsseldorf goalkeeper Zack Steffen wrote in a tweet on June 2, a week after George Floyd died while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Floyd’s death has sparked protests calling for an end to police brutality and racism not just in the United Stat