Because I would have almost forgot another anniversary: 20 years Japan, committing the 2. More 2016! Always, when I'm asked, I was actually how long in Japan, the question is not so easy to answer. For towed i may 2005, but the whole was actually already 1996 the.
At that time I had met a wild horde Japanese, and eventually decided, but that it would be interesting times, stretch its tentacles in distant climes. With an uncertain duration of stay: Up to half a year shall yet be in it, I thought with my youthful, 21-year frivolity so.
Said, done. During the semester break I went, then lack of alternatives, casual work at construction sites, scrape together a few Yen. Interestingly, the then cheapest flight a Air India, with free expandable Stopovers in Mumbai and Delhi, and of course I let not escape me: About a week and a day Mumbai Delhi fell so even at. Then it finally went to Tokyo. After all, I already was yes the Hiragana completely and Katakana Read stuttering. And probably so the 50 Schriftzeichen, when it comes up.
Large jumps were not possible at that time, I realized pretty quickly. Tokyo, Izu, Nikko – it was about even. As well as long walks through Tokyo (etc Nerima from the sea). The idea, to stay there for almost half a year, I rejected pretty quickly than ample unreasonable – mainly also, because I did not want to get on your nerves so long my hostess and her family, and then a month it was ultimately just from. Without Internet, no phone, without a computer… actually a very interesting time.In lasting memory to me is still a taxi ride: After a celebration with friends with Omiya we missed the last train and decided so, to take a taxi. My companion was drunk and unable to speak. The taxi driver did not know, is where the top and bottom (Of course I had no idea, that which is normal in Tokyo), and of course, could not speak English. And I did not know, was “links” and “straight” called in Japanese, so I long him half an hour “right!”, “not right!” maneuvered and wild Gefuchtele through the area. After all: We arrived sometime.
What has changed since then, is hard to say. It's definitely become easier for foreigners. And a lesson I learned: Without knowledge of Japanese, this country is actually not comprehend (that was enough then as motivation, thereafter take any Japanese course offered at the university, although not part of my curriculum). Now and again, however, flash memories today: Particularly to places of course, who had projected into the minds and look completely different today (Roppongi for example, although I was already disliked).
Pity, I was convinced then, that too much photographing clouds the actual journey joy. So in India emerged just scarce 20 Pictures, and in Japan a maximum of 36-frame film.