Neue Regeln freundlich erklärt. Those: Polizei der Präfektur Chiba – see here (PDF)
Als notorischer Radfahrer freue ich mich in der Regel natürlich nicht, wenn neue Verkehrsregeln für Radfahrer in Kraft treten, denn Regelwerke dieser Art werden selten einfacher, sondern eher komplizierter. In diesem Fall gibt es jedoch eine Ausnahme: Seit gestern ist die neue Radfahrverordnung in Kraft, und die schliesst endlich eine Gesetzeslücke: Geisterfahrern soll es an den Kragen gehen. So recht verschliesst sich mir immer noch nicht die Logik dahinter, warum in Japan so viele mit dem Fahrrad entgegen der Fahrtrichtung fahren. Es muss wohl der Irrglaube sein, das man damit sicherer unterwegs ist, da man ja die Autos, die auf der gleichen Spur fahren, von vorn sehen kann. Dass sich die Geschwindkeit beim Aufprall im Vergleich zur Fahrt in Fahrtrichtung quasi vervierfacht (hmm, Physikunterricht ist zu lange her, deshalb setze ich hier mal vorsichtshalber ein ? behind it), scheint nur wenigen bewusst zu sein.
Interestingly,, beziehungsweise dummerweise, hat sich die Industrie diesem fatalen Irrtum auch noch angepasst, obwohl das ebenso eine Huhn-Ei-Geschichte sein könnte: In Japan verkaufte Fahrräder haben normalerweise nur vorne Licht (hinten maximal ein Katzenauge), und mangels Fahrrad- und Fahrradzubehördiebstahldelikten sind Anstecklichter noch ziemlich exotisch. Will hot, 99% der Fahrräder haben, if at all, nur ein Vorderlicht. Clear, dass das den Glauben verstärkt, eher gesehen zu werden, wenn man entgegen der Fahrtrichtung fährt.
Dies war bisher auch mangels Gesetzesgrundlage zwar nicht explizit erlaubt, aber eben auch nicht verboten, doch seit gestern kann das mit 3 Monaten auf Bewährung oder maximal 50,000 Yen (momentan 400 Euro) geahndet werden. Very sensible. Das werde ich bei Gelegenheit auch mal der jungen Mutter flüstern, wenn sie mal wieder mit Karacho sowie zwei Kindern auf dem Fahrrad aus der Nebenstrasse auf die entgegengesetzte Fahrbahn der Hauptstrasse rast. Wären da nicht ihre beiden Kinder, hätte ich sie mit Sicherheit schon einmal vom Rad gezerrt.
Auch ein paar andere Unsitten sollen von nun an schärfer verfolgt werden. Darunter zählen Favoriten wie mit nach vorne gerichteten, aufgespanntem Regenschirm fahren, beim Fahren laute Musik hören, Fernsehen schauen oder telefonieren, fahren auf dem Bürgersteig (auch dies ist noch immer die Regel) sowie das Überfahren roter Ampeln. Bei letzterem Delikt wäre mir jedoch wohler, wenn mann erstmal die Autofahrer davon abbringt, denn das ist in Japan bei weitem keine Seltenheit.
Everywhere you look – everywhere, really hangs around everywhere Advertising, which deals in one way or another way with hair. Either it is the struggle against the insidious defoliation on the vertex (育 毛 – ikumō, Hair Growth) or it comes to picking out Selbiger, Then, of course, but not from the apex, but by many other, sometimes adult sites. 脱毛 Datsumō, Remove hair, does that then, and it shall be for ever liked. This is meanwhile so popular, that high school students extra discounts already offered. Who knows, maybe there includes the an industry on the other short and you can “common resources” go back!? No, I rather think not.
The other day in the mail box: Advertising for the Business Baby Popo
And so the ideal image looks accordingly: It is about 1.68 m groß, has kullerrunde eyes, shiny hair, and only on the head and over the eyes (naja, and then at a unspecified place, otherwise the friend is even to fright), wiegt maximal 50 kg (Net Weight, with bone) and of noble, Caucasians. He, however, can be a bit darker, at least 1,78 m groß, wiegt maximal 70 kg, has fuweighs a maximum of haikgand nom tall somehow disturbing hair or. Stubble on the face or chest. Oh, yes I am generalising again. No, not really, because this is really the, what can be called the ideal of beauty in this country.
But we look at it from the positive side: At least in Japan is not so much on how people herumgeschnippelt in South Korea¹. Cosmetic surgery represent a trend, which, although not denying in Japan – however, the threshold for plastic surgery without the need seems to be higher here. Since the marketing experts have a lot to do. Interesting about cosmetic surgery is an article in Gawker.com – with a pretty (!) Compare all Miss Korea aspirants.
Those: Bowzu.com (Haareausrupffirma)
¹ See here: 74 Cosmetic surgery's 10 per’000 Residents in South Korea, 32 in Japan – both figures 2009. No rating possible source, have noticed.
In the middle of my town there is a rectangular park. Located in the – very green by Japanese standards – Park sits the Urayasu-no-fuji – Fujiyama Urayasu. With its dizzying 14 Meters is that, however well hidden by the trees lounging around. Fuji-san, it is higher in the absence “Mountains” in the city called. It is actually the highest point in the city, and it is this self- “Mountain” of course not, because before 60 Years was here the Bay of Tokyo. Next to the park there are tennis courts and a baseball field. The earthquake had greatly added to the park two years ago – the sports facilities and children's playgrounds were therefore unusable, and it took a total of more than two years, everything back halfway produce. However, a strange building withstood the quake: A monster of a slide, built of concrete and whitewashed. At least five meters (something is always difficult to estimate) it was highly, and in two stages it went down again. It was tricky: At “normal” Weather could slip off at normal speed, which was not fast enough many children. They brought with carton, herunterzurauschen to faster. In special weather conditions, however, – when it was very dry and not quite as warm – the slide was insanely fast. I can sing a sorrowful song about it. One day I slipped with my then no 2 Year-old daughter down there and reached such a speed, I sat up with a body part, with which one is a 10-meter-slip full tilt preferably do not want to put. But the main thing children had fun. Seated for the guardians but only after a couple of hours in there.
Historical Photo: Upper part of the slide.
But ah – just over a week ago the white behemoth was suddenly gone. Way. Swallowed by the earth. She had even withstood the earthquake. Immediately I had static in the sense reasons. Perhaps a structural engineer has looked and found the slide, that she had got a crack? Or was a child dropped? At the height, Despite bars in the upper region, not inconceivable, absolutely breakneck. Speaking of neck: The reason seemed to be another. According to various residents (some we know personally) It seemed to multiply, that people have hanged on the slide. An idea, which brings me goosebumps. At night people hang on to the slide, on the day the children play happily there. Therefore they had to demolish? To prevent such suicides? Definitely not. On the other hand: You do not want to experience such a sight with his child certainly. And yet it breaks my heart a little bit, that toys must disappear, that adults do not take the life there.
The summer holidays are approaching with great strides, and tomorrow it comes back to since 8 Years practiced ritual: On my work in Tokyo, it is an evening Bon-Odori (traditional dance, in honor of the ancestors), and there I will, as every year, an (!) Linger beer, before going home. This has been 8 Years, my perfect start to the summer, because two weeks later I got a (!) Week vacation. After all. And this year is the first time in 2½ Years after Germany. In August! I love Germany in August, and the pleasure this time of year I had long gone. I will not be alone – Daughter comes with.
Since we have decided late, saw it in the selection of flights already narrowly. And then we will fly this time a little more complicated: First it goes to Abu Dhabi, there we have 22 Hours stay, and then it goes on to Berlin. On the return flight then the same game. Under certain circumstances, however, could well prove to be interesting, because all flights are night flights, and Abu Dhabi and environment (I hope so, we'd make a trip to al-ʿ Ain) there is certainly a lot to see. At 45 Degrees in the shade. However, I had the pleasure with this temperature ever in India and therefore knows, that such plans can melt away quickly.
Which means, In the coming weeks there will be a little quieter on this blog, even if not completely quiet.
The other day I was working on an email from a new Japanese business partner, and his signature I found very interesting:
I am so sorry, and consider it as the No overtime Day is every Wednesday
We're sorry, about the contact after 19:00,
To mobile phone, thank you.
Approximately: “Please see us for, that every Wednesday we have a day off overtime. Should they after me 19 Want to achieve clock, please call on my mobile phone”.
Ah ja. Every Wednesday about hours free = want to be called, on all other days there is overtime. And Wednesday is not about hours free time, but that office just closed. It remains accessible. Now, nothing new, if you live in Japan, but it shows, how insane it may be.
Also in our company, when there was a strong editorial team years ago, was an intern No残業Day – “no overtime tag” proclaimed. People talked exactly one (!) Week because.
Throughout Japan, it is sausage, whether there is a new road is built there or tipping a bag of rice. Ganz Japan? No! Since there is a small town called 小平市 Kodaira-shi (Shi = Stadt) a few kilometers west of Tokyo (and still Tokyo-to belonging), in which it was intended, to be rebellious. The stumbling block is a highway, of the Fuchū-Tokorozawa north of the city until after Kamakura and thereby lead to 1,4 Kilometers in length to pass through the city from north to south. It should disappear as planned, a piece of forest. The planning of this road was already before about. 50 Years initiated ¹.
So just wanted one then but not beaten. A citizens' initiative was established, and submitted the signatures of 7,183 citizens, demand for such a referendum. The city has the way 188’000 Population. The request was granted, and so was yesterday, also am 26. More 2013, first (Fanfare!) Referendum in Tokyo statt. However, only participating 35% of voters in the survey, how last night turned out. The referendum, however, would only be valid, when at least 50% participate. And even then it would have no legally binding effect. Ergo: Nothing there, the road will be built.
However caused outrage today's decision of the Election Commission of the City, not count the votes, since the referendum would not anyway reached the necessary turnout. Voices of criticism were immediately loudly, and not to the wrong. Sure, The referendum was seen as unsuccessful, but the city council should not still be interested, what does a good third of its citizens?
Much will certainly not happen here. Perhaps the city administration bowing to pressure and allowed the counting. Demonstrations with people, which bind to trees, it will not come. But a referendum on the subject of urban planning is a rarity in Japan. After the 2. World War, there has been only 19 Referendums, ultimately led to legislative proposals: The first took 1949 instead of, the last (successful) – 1952. And most of these Umfragungen turned only about, to be explained a town / place at an official sight ².
Who somewhat more The voice of the people needs (however, only in Japanese) – some comments on the subject in the Huffington Post (see first link below) are quite interesting, but one has to bear in mind, to the publication of comments at their discretion.
On Tuesday, it was time. 6 Annual picnic are now over – what follows, are 12 School years. Well, theoretically 9 Years, for the last three years are not required, but in Japan complete around 97%¹ of all young people and the upper, the so so not as a preparation for Unibesuch, but really acts as a quasi-social constraint. Whether the students will learn in high school and what, is another matter, but I digress.
My daughter was on 1. January 6 Years old, and all the children, between the 1. NetBSD and April of the preceding year and the 31. March of this year 6 Years old were, are most 8. or 9. April “summon” been. And, School starts in Japan in early April – and so also the university and as well as the work in the company. Against 9 Clock we were on our way to school. 20 Minutes walk, and then we were there. The path is familiar – The kindergarten is located directly next to. Only, that must accompany Kindergarten to Kindergarten, School children, however, may not accompany to school. Except for the enrollment, understood.
Classroom in elementary school
The school is medium sized. 6 Year courses are taught there, divided into 5 Classes per year, and the average 30 Students per class. There is an even – Classes in Japan to 40 Have students. The school yards are created incidentally generous in suffering from chronic lack of space Japan. This has certainly his reasons – School yards are also often used as an evacuation places in case of disaster. Standing at the entrance 5 large signs, one per class (Set – Kumi), out the names of all students. And indeed in Hiragana written, because the kids can still read any characters (but this usually only two, sometimes even three alphabets). This moment is exciting, since almost all the children of the neighboring kindergarten go to this school. Many children know themselves accordingly, and only now, the children experience (and parents), come with whom the children in a class. My daughter is lucky: 2 of her 3 best friends are in the same class. The teacher I'm already sorry.
There is a short registration, and our daughter is already taken beaming of two 5-year girls in reception. They live in our house. Next to me is a 11 or 12-year-old boy – a Half – literally Half, So a child between a Japanese and a foreigner. In his case, obviously an African or African-American foreigners. He looks happy, Soothing micht. Along with the other parents, we are separated from fresh meat and run to the gym. There, the enrollment ceremony to be held. And going forward quite fast, at least initially. Welcome. All stand up. Man brullt Ceremony! (king!) (approximately: Greeting), and all bow. Short speeches, Aufstehen, Rei! Sit down. AGet up RKing Almost like a flag ceremony at the retirement home. The children march into the hall, divided into classes and obviously intimidated. Even my daughter, not a big fan of silence, pinches her lips together. Whether she knows what? Other students welcome the newcomers with a rehearsed, entertaining program. Various representatives from different organizations welcome the little ones. Also the director gives a speech, and not bad, denn die nest is an, most affected: The children. Not the parents. It is pleasant to me, because many other speeches are less obvious to the children.
After 45 Minutes, the ceremony is already over. The children leave the hall. What follows, parental education is: Yes it would but all the school lunches (scarce 40 Euro pro Monat) pay for. The PTA recruited new members. Etc.. This is followed by the official class photos.
After the photo-op walk the little ones, still somewhat depressed, in their classroom, The teacher explains this and that, parents are in the room or around it. After about 2 Hours is over enrollment and all may go. From tomorrow's everyday. School of 8:00 to 14:00 Clock. The first school books are already there, and they are full of Pokemon and Doraemon and the rest of them. Willkommen in Japan. Welcome to the School, Tochterherz! Be brave!
School is beautiful! A fortiori, when it is over… or!?
The Japanese newspaper Mainichi Shinbun reported yesterday in this article over an increasing in Japan – and serious phenomenon, the Anglo-Saxon as hate speech is called. So there was a demonstration in Tokyo in early February, Although only in the 100 People attended, But 100 People pointed and shouted slogans such as “Kills her!”, “Cockroaches!” or “Beat it out of Japan!”. SNCI – Foreigner. Allegedly was not among the participants to the usual rights, but more or less ordinary people, who had gathered on the Internet.
Now there is also and above all in Germany is constantly renewed under the old slogans movements, appearing in different circles, and in different ways – mention may be made, for example, because the Identitarian movement, Although the “Not not left to right” designated, But this self-assessment can be recorded only joke. In Germany, the U.S. and many other countries there are opportunities, punish at least the worst verbal gaffes of trailer – in the case of Germany by § 130 of the Criminal Code, which is the offense of sedition punishable.
These legal means, however, is missing in Japan. Some politicians and lawyers know the law – in Japanese it means 民众 扇动 罪 Minshu Sendo-zai (People-stir-crime), and there are probably votes, the call for the introduction of such a law in Japan (for example, the political scientist Kido, see here), but it is far from being so far. Will hot, anyone can stand up somewhere in Japan and fiery speeches about a particular people or a particular group (Religion, Origin, etc.) hold and in between an even “kills them all” interject – no problem, because that is not a criminal offense in Japan. Court can only be pursued, if one is special – for example, by about individual, identifiable individuals rants.
The only legal means in Japan seems to be the criminal offense of 名誉 毁损 罪 Meiyo Kiso-zai – Slander to be, But as mentioned above, this paragraph may be taken only, where a particular person is slandered. And so can bands like Scramble (see video below) Songs such impunity Kill ちょん – Koreans slit and sing the same song called comfort women as whores. Everything is permitted, everything legal in Japan. For the time being – But as soon as will probably change nothing. And the video below: Note the 1,452 Likes – at 1,263 Dislikes.
Tokyo station is actually not such a big station. When compared with other stations in Tokyo. Weltweit ist Tokyo Station “only” ranked 8 the world's busiest train stations: 396 Million passengers, So more than one million per day, go into Tokyo Station, from or to. However, there are 4 Bahnhöfe in Tokyo, The more passengers muster (lone runner for a long time: Shinjuku myth 1.4 Billion passengers per year – See more numbers here). Berlin Hauptbahnhof it brings to just 100 Million.
Tokyo Station is still something special, because the main building dates from 1914 and has gone through a lot. Recently a major overhaul in 2012, to make the conditions for Tokyo truly historic building earthquake safe. Since then, the structure is even a direct hit of Strength 7 (on the Richter scale) can put away.
Incidentally it has in recent years also still the same a few minor, but quite classy skyscrapers raised at the station and the ground with numerous malls “refines”. An ideal place, when it rains. Who dwells in the rainy season in Tokyo or in principle just unlucky with the weather has, can do the following:
1.) Of the Marunouchi Line (Subway Line) to Keiyo Line run. There are two routes, and both are approximately. 600 Meters long and completely underground. As long repeat, until you no longer runs, and you have around half a day.
2.) Hang out in the malls under the Yaesu outputs. There is a lot to see – and of course plenty to eat. Where the station stops and where the brand new Daimaru department store starts, is it hard to say.
However, if you are with kids, especially those, growing up in Japan, ventured into the bowels of Tokyo Station, be warned: Difficult to get out again. These include, for example, makes this shop here: Tomica is the Japanese version of “Matchbox” (small model cars), and little boys just love them.
If one small Japanese guys auditioning the song cleverly made Tomica, happened about the here:
The attraction is enormous. My son, just 2 become, Although not yet “Toilet” sagen, aber dank Tomica & Co. He may nevertheless already “Ambulance”sayen. Well, fast. Actually is not the ambulance in Japanese “Kyūkyūta” but “Kyūkyūsha”, but still.
So that the children will also be pressed simultaneously in the right roles, there is just across from the Tomica business Precure-Shop, and you have to meet two conditions already, for there not to throw overboard his mind: You have to be a little girl, and you have to grow up in Japan. The original song Suite Precure I will not do that to you, so here is the variant of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces. I think, they are all on drugs. Tanks and helicopters in the background, and in the foreground plays the Chapel “Suite Precure”. What can I say.
More on the Tokyo Station at some point you again. I think, I deviated from the topic…
Actually is not raising children in Japan so expensive. If you take them apart, that for many of the previously existing second income often disappears altogether and the little ones eat one gradually out of house. Birth is virtually free (you get your money refunded), primary health care is free, many cultural Anegbote, Train rides are free and Einittskarten, and state educational institutions such as kindergartens and schools are free.
What is not in the small print says, are all the hidden costs: But somehow you pay for kindergarten, in our case to the 50 Euro “Material costs”, and for various courses, called 習い事, so the kids swimming, Dance, Ballet, Piano or whatever always rests, can learn. There are of course to course fees (what quickly at normal stuff around the 100 Euro per month costs), plus extra expenses for costumes, Brush, or do whatever else is necessary. Occasionally there are small then notices in kindergarten, then where the kindergarten times just 80 Euro “Photogebühren” collects,Euroany semi-professional photographer on the events the children in a relay race is blocking the way and the result can be presented in a book by kindergarten completion (In principle, these mostly well-made books are certainly a great reminder). There are also all sorts of other unplanned costs.
Generally, how safe replicated elsewhere, the bigger the more expensive the children. Culminating later in the horrendous fees for universities, but until then I've got a long way. Previously, it is however first, enroll the child. This child needs a satchel, In Japanese ランドセル Randoseru called. One might almost think, which comes from the word “Landser” from, it comes from the Dutch “Ransel”. The “Backpack” be worn only while in elementary school – at the age of 6 to 12 Years. The staggering of the doughboys: The average price of around 500 Euro. As I said,, We're talking about a school backpack, read! Will likely come on the second day of school through the area. In many families, the grandparents take on more or less willingly (Fortunately in our case, gladly) this veritable acquisition, and it also seems to be, whereupon the tolerances manufacturing out is. Some children in Japan have six pockets (Six pocket – 6 pockets): They are the parents + 2 x = grandparents & Adult supplies, and fall as 500 Euro not continue to. However, if you 3 and has more children, or even a single parent is, must somehow struggle through or earn far above average, because with all of the costs to make the 150 Euro child benefit not the carbon fat. Especially since most of the parents, of course, the children prefer to save money, to pay later remedial courses and the university can.
On most days, I do not waste the least thought of it, that I am a foreigner here. Japanese mittlerweilen sounds like a native language, and that everything is written in Japanese and Japanese are all around me – normal. Logical, after several years in the country. And yet there are those moments now and then, where I found here a lot just absurd. This today has been the large-scale advertising campaign of a new energy drink with almost ridiculous name “Raizin”. That seems to brew a collaboration between Natural Lawson and Newdays, zwei Convenience Store-Ketten, emerged to be.
The slogans in the tracks are crisp:
Ru Agee thing is, it measures to boost the economy of most of you.
The best remedy, stimulate the economy, is to put you back on track.
Well, the ongoing since perceived eternity, bad economy excuse this statement always. But it has higher goals:
Ru Agee this country, Energy Drink.
The Energy Drink, This brings the country to speed.
Oho, the whole country, it should be! And why not. But wait, there's not there already this gummy sparkling water from Australia? Oh no, Austria, of course,! The hoof it but also for many years through the distant Japan Istan. Could not it also?
Energy drink in the same Western, Japanese or Ru Aga really?
(Do you really, that) A Western Energy Drink Japan can aufpeppeln?
Oh! And, no, I have not had the… The special physiognomy of the Japanese (9 Finger, black hair and so) and the special, certainly 40- or multi-strand DNA of the Japanese is certainly immune to magic drinks, are brewed by some contentious mountain peoples in distant Europe. Otherwise would be to simply. Since virtually everyone could indeed come! Was, the Red Bull recipe actually comes from a Thai and the Japanese see it somehow… But in no case! Have you ever eaten Thai rice? That is soooo bad as Japanese rice, So the two peoples but now you can not really compare!
It has of course other arguments, and you also need, by Red Bull not to mention by name must:
Energy Drink with sweet, So I'm Aga, wishful thinking is thrown away.
Come with a sweet energy drink in drive? These reckless thoughts now You can discard!
(Attention word game – “amai” is sweet and at the same time “careless”.)
Would thus proving once again: Japanese people are very special! Even the shampoo manufacturers know this for a long time and advertise shampoo, it was made for the delicate hair of Japanese women. Etc.. There are numerous examples.
So, and now just “Japanese” oder “Japan” in the above sentences with “German” oder “Swiss” oder “Austrian” and replace it again, read. Sounds kind of crazy, oder? Welcome to the or of 120 Millions of very special people!