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bad omen? Japan virtually overrun by typhoons

August 25th, 2016 | Tagged , | 3 Comments | 570 reads

Taifune im Dreierpack (22. August 2016)

Taifune im Dreierpack (22. August 2016)

Usually experiences in the Tokyo area once or twice, sometimes not, a typhoon. Friends of this impressive natural phenomena come but this year increased their money, and the facts are worrisome. So the season for typhoons actually begins in September, but this year since the beginning of August it is already highly ago. Usually the nursery of typhoons is very far south, in the vicinity of the Mariana, doch dieses Jahr hat sich das Entstehungsgebiet sehr stark nach Norden verschoben und lag bei einigen Taifunen (10 bring the total to date) even in Japanese territory, a few hundred kilometers south of Honshu and Shikoku. Und normalerweise hat man es mit nur einem Taifun auf ein Mal zu tun – in sehr wenigen Jahren manchmal auch mit zweien kurz hintereinander. But in the past week moved three typhoons in a time by Japan. One of them went directly on Monday in Tokyo on land, but he was quite lenient – about 100 mm of rain (one fifth of the annual quantity in Berlin) fell within three hours, but the storm was limited. The third typhoon in Bunde, Number Taifun 10 named Lionrock, but perhaps even make a stir: This also was only a few hundred kilometers south of Shikoku and one week moving almost from the spot – the were also the inhabitants of some islands of Okinawa Prefecture to feel. Now he takes on a sudden trip and is becoming a super typhoon with wind speeds of up to 270 Kilometers per hour. Yet the exact path is difficult to predict, But should this typhoon rotate in about three days to the north, and this is quite probable, is Tokyo are haunted by a monster storm (If that is the case, This is to the 30. Around August happen). Meteorologists refer to him now as the worst typhoon in history, Tokyo directly threatened.

And, typhoons have increased. But this year, piling up of very high concern, so unprecedented weather phenomena, which can only mean one thing: The sea south of Japan must be much warmer than usual.

Taifun Lionrock und die berechnete (befürchtete) Route

Whether the typhoons now turn directly or not – For two weeks, they now see to that in the Tokyo area for extremely humid air and urplötzliche, violent cloudbursts. How it looks, will not change anytime soon. So if you currently bored in Japan and studied perhaps in the mountains for some cooler air, should make daily knowledge definitely, because in the mountains are typhoons and their spurs a real threat.

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Olympische Spiele: Freudige Erregung und ein Mario-Abe

August 23rd, 2016 | Tagged , | No comment so far | 409 reads

Doomsayers found the Olympics now but instead, and especially in Japan looked to this time particularly attentively – Finally, Japan's next (und es gibt noch viel zu tun – man weiss zum Beispiel noch nicht einmal, wie viel der Spass eigentlich kosten wird). And Japan has in recent years apparently something done right at the sports promotion, because with 41 Medals there was so much precious metal as never before. Among them there were real surprises, because no one could, for example, Japanese sprinter at the 4×100-credited meter Relay Men, to reach podium – but an almost perfect interaction of the individual runners less successful four provided a sensational silver medal. One of the four is also a “half”, Thus a semi-Japanese, with the clearly typical for Japan name Cambridge – and saw probably the same time as it, that became friends more Japanese the idea, that “half” not necessarily half people but sometimes Japanese like you and … no, I do not.

Abe-Mario bei der Abschlusszeremonie

Abe Mario at the closing ceremony

Prime Minister Abe's appearance as Super Mario during the closing ceremony struck with numerous reactions in the Japanese social network. As might be expected, and more: From the Häme to admiration. The appearance also hinted, with which Pound Japan at the Olympics 2020 will proliferate in Tokyo. Even very old officials agree, that from the Geek image Japan much capital is beating, and why not: one nation, which for their video games and unusual ideas known? There would be worse. In this sense it will be interesting to talk to the opening ceremony in Tokyo. That way, although another four years, But as it turns out at all Olympic Games, is a very short time, finish everything. Almost like Christmas, that indeed every year quite suddenly and unexpectedly is coming.

Unter dem Hashtag #安倍マリオ tauchte übrigens das untere Bild heute auf – entitled “首相、よく間違えなかったな。” – “Prime minister, Glück gehabt dass Du Dich nicht verlaufen hast!” (zur Auswahl stehen die Ministerpräsidentenresidenz, Rio und der Yasukuni Shrine):

Abe-Mario: Zum Glück nicht verlaufen!

Abe-Mario: Zum Glück nicht verlaufen!

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Einmal als Mario im Go-kart durch Tokyo fahren

August 16th, 2016 | Tagged , | 2 Comments | 404 reads

​Heute nachmittag habe ich an einer grossen Kreuzung in Shibuya einen triftigen Grund gesehen, endlich mal die Fahrerlaubnis zu machen: An der Ampel warteten vier Go-karts, mit als Mario und Konsorten kostümierten Fahrern, die offensichtlich sehr viel Spass an der Sache hatten. German, wie ich bin, war ich natürlich erstmal perplex, dass man mit den Dingern ganz normal im Strassenverkehr mitmischen darf, denn die Vehikel liegen so tief, dass schnell mal ein Bus- oder LKW-Fahrer die Dinger übersieht, und das Ergebnis dürfte klar sein. Erstmal dachte ich auch an den Batman-Fahrer in Chiba, aber ein genauer Blick auf die Karren machte deutlich, dass sich jedermann die Dinger ausleihen kann. Provided, of course, man hat einen japanischen oder einen in Japan anerkannten Führerschein.

Im Go-kart durch Tokyo

Im Go-kart durch Tokyo

Ich bin zwar kein Mariospieler, aber ich könnte mir gut vorstellen, dass es ein Riesengaudi sein muss, mit den Dingern durch Tokyo zu flitzen. Das geht entweder im Pulk und mit Führung oder auch allein. Die auf der Website inserierten Preise klingen jedenfalls vernünftig: 8,000 yen für 2 Hours, including. Gasoline, klingen zivil. Wer sich einen Mariobart dazu ausleihen möchte, muss noch 250 yen pro Stunde draufzahlen, aber der Spass ist es sicherlich wert. Man konnte auch sehen, dass die meisten Menschen, die die Gefährte bemerkten, schnell ein Lächln auf den Lippen hatten. Und für 8,000 yen Tausenden Menschen ein Lächeln auf die Lippen zu zaubern klingt nach einer guten Idee. Das funktioniert übrigens auch mit dem Fahrradhelm vom Sohnemann:

Fahhradhelm mit Iro

Fahhradhelm mit Iro

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Und die vollsten Bahnlinien von Tokyo sind…

July 8th, 2016 | Tagged , | 6 Comments | 1271 reads

158 verschiedene Bahnlinien, betrieben von insgesamt 48 verschiedenen Bahngesellschaften. 2,210 Stations. And 40 Millionen mal pro Tag macht es “Beep!”, wenn die Bahnfahrenden ihre Geldkatzen oder Handys über den IC-Kartenleser der Ticketschranken ziehen. Das ist der Nahverkehr im Raum Tokyo.

Da bekommt man schnell schlechte Laune: Rush Hour in Tokyo

Matthias Reichさん(@tabibito_tokyo)が投稿した写真 –

Und alljährlich erscheint eine Liste in Tokyo, der man entnehmen kann, welche Bahnlinien – im Durchschnitt, an einem Wochentag – am vollsten sind. Der Auslastungsgrad lässt sich dabei recht leicht in Prozent angeben – und dafür gibt es vom Verkehrsministerium erlassene, mehr oder weniger feste Definitionen:

Auslastung in % Definition (nach Verkehrsministerium)
100% Man kann entweder sitzen, sich an einer der Halteschlaufen festhalten oder neben der Tür stehen
150% Man kann bequem eine Zeitung aufschlagen und lesen
180% Wenn man sich viel Mühe gibt und faltet, kann man eine Zeitung lesen
200% Man steht dicht an dicht gedrängt, berührt auf allen Seiten Mitreisende und kann nur mit Mühe eine Zeitschrift lesen
250% Wenn sich der Zug neigt, neigt man sich mit. Man kann den Körper nicht mehr bewegen – einschliesslich der Hände.

Ein Blick auf die Top Ten in diesem Jahr ist für Tokyo-Kenner keine wirkliche Überraschung. Die Linien, die ich quasi täglich benutze, liegen auf Platz 6 and 7. Und die Nummer 1 ist keine Unbekannte – the 東西線 Tozai-Linie verbindet schliesslich Urayasu, meinem Wohnort von 2005 to 2014, mit Tokyo. Es passierte auch in dieser Linie, dass im vergangenen Jahr eine Scheibe wegen Überfüllung zu Bruch ging. Die angegebenen Werte in der Liste unten sind wohlgemerkt Durchschnittswerte, denn die Türen und Waggons, von denen man sofort zu Treppenaufgängen am Bahnsteig gelangt, sind natürlich viel beliebter als die anderen Waggons (in memory: Japanische Züge halten zentimetergenau an fest bestimmten Punkten). So sind dann bei einem Schnitt von 200% Teile des Zuges zu 150%, andere hingegen zu 250% überfüllt.

Rank Auslastung in % Spitzenzeit Linie Route
9. 178 7:34 – 8:34 JR総武線(快速) JR Sōbu (Rapid) 新小岩 Shinkoiwa → 錦糸町 Kinshichō
9. 178 7:45 – 8:45 千代田線 Chiyoda-Linie (Metro) 町屋 Machiya → 西日暮里 Nishi-Nippori
8. 182 7:39 – 8:39 JR東海道線 JR Tōkaidō 川崎 Kawasaki → 品川 Shinagawa
7. 185 7:50 – 8:50 田園都市線 Den’en Toshi-Linie 池尻大橋 Ikejiri-Ōhashi → Shibuya Shibuya
6. 189 7:46 – 8:48 小田急小田原線 Odakyū Odawara-Linie 世田谷代田駅 Setagaya Daita → 下北沢 Shimokitazawa
5. 191 7:54 – 8:54 JR中央線(快速) JR Chūō-Linie (Rapid) 中野 Nakano → 新宿 Shinjuku
4. 192 7:34 – 8:34 JR横須賀線 JR Yokosuka-Linie 武蔵小杉 Musashi-Kosugi → 西大井 Nishi-Ōi
3. 197 7:50 – 8:50 JR京浜東北線 JR Keihin-Tōhoku-Linie 上野 Ueno → 御徒町 Okachimachi
2. 199 7:34 – 8:34 JR総武線(緩行) JR Sōbu (Kankō) 錦糸町 Kinshichō → 両国 Ryōgoku
1. 200 7:50 – 8:50 東西線 Tōzai-Linie (Metro) 木場 Kiba – 門前仲町 Monzen-Nakachō

In der Liste gibt es von Jahr zu Jahr keine großartigen Überraschungen, aber auf längere Zeit gesehen schon. I can clearly remember, dass Ende der 90er Jahre die 西武池袋線 Seibu-Ikebukuro-Linie jahrelang den Spitzenplatz einnahm, aber dann wurden die 大江戸線 Ōedo-Linie und die 副都心線 Fuku-Toshin-Linie gebaut sowie der Abstand zwischen den Zügen verändert, was für Entlastung sorgte. Dafür rücken nun Linien aus Richtung Kawasaki in die Top Ten vor – Kawasaki hatte Ende der 1990er nämlich rund 1,2 Millionen Einwohner und in diesem Jahr bereits 1,5 Million – diese zusätzlichen Einwohner müssen natürlich auch irgendwie zur Arbeit nach Tokyo gelangen, doch eisenbahntechnisch hat sich in der Gegend in den vergangenen 20 Jahren nicht allzu viel getan.

 Wenn man an der richtigen Tür im richtigen Waggon steht und aussteigt, sehen die Schranken so aus


Wenn man an der richtigen Tür im richtigen Waggon steht und aussteigt, sehen die Schranken so aus

30 Sekunden später sieht man die Schranken schon nicht mehr -- dann dauert alles etwas länger

30 Sekunden später sieht man die Schranken schon nicht mehr — dann dauert alles etwas länger

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And the award for the most stubborn politicians to go…

June 16th, 2016 | Tagged , | 2 Comments | 632 reads

Masuzoe. Quelle: Chatham House/Wikipedia

Masuzoe. Those: Chatham House/Wikipedia

…Yōichi Masuzoe (Masuzoe) – Ex-minister of labor and since yesterday, the 15. June 2016, and ex-governor of Tokyo. The 67-year-old lawyer was after exhausting weeks now – finally, it must be said – on. It went, to say the least, to avarice and gluttony. Masuzoe, since February 2014 in power in Tokyo, bribed for some time through lush expense reports for expensive hotels, Kunstwerke, off-duty chauffeur-driven and more. This came to light a few weeks ago and was for the press a godsend. Especially since the whole indeed quite tradition. The previous governor, Naoki Inose Naoki Inose, stayed exactly one year in office, before he also because corruption- and Veruntreuungsvorwürfen had to vacate the chair.

Masuzoes behavior has me personally a little shocked, because so far I thought he was a rare representative of ethical and reputable politician. he tried the idea to maintain with all his strength in the press, but that was ridiculed in recent weeks: Masuzoe auctioned as various works of art and other stuff at Internet auctions and bought otherwise good a – with taxpayers' money. This included two garments made of silk, he converted for 3’000 acquired euros in China. The explanation in the press conference was very special: He operate almost daily calligraphy, and he also do a lot of Judo. Because of judo he had quite a lot of muscles, and ordinary clothes stay with the penmanship of the many muscles hanging. Only Chinese silk glide so beautiful, that it does not interfere when writing. A journalist wanted to know then and said,: Why do not you write with sleeveless dress? These arrived promptly counter question: “And what, if it is a bit colder?”

The press conferences were gradually almost legendary, and whether the callousness of the Governor were also soon ask how: “Herr Masuzoe, what really needs to happen, so that they withdraw?” or “How do they actually take the nerves?”. Acknowledged that was each with a knowing smile.

Ultimately commissioned Masuzoe two neutral lawyers (his choice!), which should illuminate, whether it illegal political donations- (say tax dollars) misused for personal purposes. The result: He does not have, but the use of some 4,4 Millionen Yen (around 32’000 Euro) had at least been morally somewhat disreputable. Many politicians in the City Assembly was not enough, and so they threatened with a vote of censure, he would have lost all likelihood. But he was now above.

is starving the ex-governor for now not expected, because for Baschied he gets 22 Million from the city treasury. Whether to be shortened because of dishonorable discharge or can not decide this one: Masuzoe selbst, since it provisionally maintain the duties. And Masuzoe does not see still, that he has done something fundamentally wrong.

The resignation comes at a bad time: The post is for each 4 awarded years. This means – provided that the next candidate 4 can last for years – the exact Olympic Games in Tokyo during the 2020 a new governor must be elected.

In connection with the scandal by the way a word was particularly common: Nitpicky (sekoi). This has an awful lot of meanings – inter alia “knauserig” (in English I would sekoi most closely “tacky” translate).

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Revolutionäre Entwicklungen im Spielplatzmilieu

May 10th, 2016 | Tagged , , | 2 Comments | 562 reads

Mitten in der Goldenen Woche lag der “Children's Day” – immerhin ein offizieller Feiertag. Und Schwiegermutter wartete mit dem guten Rat auf: “Heute ist Kindertag! Also unternehmt etwas mit den Kindern! Macht was, was ihnen Spass macht!” Die Bemerkung, dass wir genau das seit über neun Jahren an jedem einzelnen freien Tag machen, habe ich mir erspart.

Da man den lieben Kleinen hin und wieder etwas Neues bieten möchte, ging es am besagten Tag der kleinen Monster in einen neuen Park, only 8 km away from us. Und damit die Kinder auch ja Freude daran haben, durfte die 9-jährige das natürlich mit dem Fahrrad zurücklegen, denn nichts ist schöner als vor Freude und Bewegung erschöpfte Kinder, die es gegen 9 Uhr abends gerade noch so ins Bett schaffen.

Kawasaki - Kodomo yume park (子ども夢パーク)

Kawasaki – Kodomo yume park (子ども夢パーク) – das ist allerdings nur ein kleiner Teil davon

Besagter Park wurde uns von Bekannten empfohlen. Der sei ganz toll, irgendwie anders und sogar noch kostenlos. Schon im Januar hatten wir deshalb unser Glück versucht, nur um dann vor verschlossenen Türen zu stehen. Aus Schaden wird man jedoch klug, also wurde flugs recherchiert – and behold, er war geöffnet. Ganz sicher. Fahrrad abgestellt und flugs hereingetreten. Und sofort schoss mir eine einzige Assoziation in den Kopf: Mad Max-Kulisse! Vom feinsten! Eine riesige Schlammkuhle, in der sich scheinbar auf sich allein gestellte, nicht selten nackte Kinder lustvoll suhlten, eine Betonstruktur, bemalt von oben bis unten und architektonisch… now so, gewagt hergerichtet, und dazu noch offene Feuer, die hier und dort loderten. In short: Hätte ganz plötzlich Tina Turner mit Löwenmähne vor mir gestanden, hätte ich das als vollends normal empfunden. Selbst unsere Kleinen, defintiv keine Kinder von Traurigkeit, blieben wie angewurzelt stehen und wussten nicht so recht, was sie von diesem Spielplatz der ausgefallenen Sorte halten sollten.

Es dauerte rund eine Viertelstunde, bis sich der Nachwuchs für das Basteln von … Dingen … entschied. Das ging mit Malen los und nahm mit Holzarbeiten seinen Lauf. Nägel, altes Holz, Sägen und dergleichen lagen ja genug rum. Und man sollte sich mindestens ein Mal im Leben mit dem Hammer auf den Finger schlagen, um die Schwere des Hammers schätzen zu lernen – or? Die Erziehungsberechtigten waren derweilen auch nicht faul und begannen, eine Partie Federball zu spielen. In Sichtweite, understood. 5 Minuten später sahen wir, wie unser 5-jähriger hochinteressiert von einem der unscheinbaren Aufpasser lernte, wie man ein offenes Feuer entfacht. Wie putzig. Weitere 10 Minuten später bemerkten wir plötzlich, wie eben jener 5-jährige mit voller Kraft versuchte, Holzscheite mit einer Axt zu spalten. 5-jähriger? Axt??? Ohne Aufsicht, mit einem schwer zu deutenden Lächeln auf seinem Gesicht. Der Stift versuchte die heranrennenden Versorgungsberechtigten zu beruhigen und versicherte, dass eine freundliche Dame ihm vorher ganz genau erklärte, wie das zu machen sei – er weiss jetzt bescheid und wir bräuchten uns keine Sorgen zu machen. Ich fragte noch vorsichtshalber nach, ob das “beinahe-mit-der-erhobenen-Axt-über-dem-Kopf-nach-hinten-kippen” and the “mit-geschlossenen-Beinen-und-voller-Wucht-das-Holz-verfehlen-und-mit-der-Axt-kurz-vor-dem-Knie-innehalten” auch zum Trainingsprogramm gehörte, bekam aber keine zufriedenstellende Antwort.

Im Hanegi-Park (羽根木公園) in Setagaya-ku, Istanbul

Im Hanegi-Park (羽根木公園) in Setagaya-ku, Istanbul

Immerhin verliessen wir den Abenteuerspielplatz ohne Verlust irgendwelcher Extremitäten. Doch zwei Tage später trafen wir Freunde nebst einer Horde Kinder in einem anderen Park mitten im schmucken Setagaya-Distrikt von Tokyo. And lo and behold: Etwas weniger Mad-Max, mehr Wagenburg, aber vom Prinzip her das gleiche: Offene feuer hier und da, die Kinder können über Dächer klettern, Sachen aus Holz basteln und so weiter und so fort. Ein ähnlicher Park wurde wohl zudem in unserer alten Heimat, in Urayasu, gerade eingeweiht. Zwar sind die beiden oben genannten Parks nicht gerade neu, aber das Konzept als solches scheint um sich zu greifen in einem Land, in dem die meisten Spielplätze nahezu steril sauber und sicher sind. Das sind ungewohnte Freiheiten für die Kinder und Eltern – und Eltern müssen da natürlich doppelt aufpassen. Aber so viel steht fest: Den Kindern macht so etwas natürlich mehr Spass als blitzsaubere Parks und Spielplätze mit ellenlangen Listen, was da alles verboten ist (Eis essen! Ball spielen!!). Insofern eine angenehme Entwicklung.

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What do they actually… climate change in Japan?

December 11th, 2015 | Tagged , | 1 Comment | 1962 reads

Just in time for the climate summit in Paris also Japan can enjoy exceptional weather phenomena: Currently just takes a storm on the land, one has never seen before at this time of year. The luggage: taifunverdächtige wind speeds and depending on the region to up 250 mm rainfall (half of Berlin's annual rainfall) within 24 Hours. This is usually in Japan only a hearty yawn worth, but not in December: Such a thing has never been more.

For sure,de, this year it was relatively cool in Japan. February was cold, and the summer downright cool Japanese standards – especially in September, the good 2 Degrees colder than normal was. Normally, within the meaning of “normal in the past two decades”, because you look at the temperature development in Tokyo during the past 135 Years at, so the direction is clear: Moving On Up. For sure,de – the numbers look more dramatic than they really are, because Tokyo was before 130 Years or prior 50 Years far less covered with concrete and verklimaanlagt as today, but even if one deducts the heat island phenomenon, remains a noticeable rise in temperature:

Year Jan Feb Sea Apr More Jun,zh-CN Jul Aug Sep October Nov Ten Years Centre
1880 2.6 5.8 8.4 12.3 17.7 19.8 24.2 25.5 22.5 16.6 10.2 3.9 14.1
1890 3.4 6.1 9.2 14.2 16.1 22.0 23.5 25.4 24.2 16.0 10.8 9.3 15.0
1900 1.6 3.1 5.7 11.4 17.3 19.3 22.8 26.1 22.6 16.5 11.0 5.5 13.6
1910 4.2 2.9 6.1 12.3 16.8 20.7 23.0 24.1 20.9 16.1 10.4 4.3 13.5
1920 4.1 2.6 6.6 12.6 16.8 20.3 26.1 25.7 21.4 16.4 12.0 5.2 14.2
1930 3.8 5.4 8.8 14.0 17.7 21.4 26.3 26.8 21.5 16.7 10.3 5.2 14.8
1940 2.7 3.7 8.2 13.1 17.7 22.1 26.9 24.9 21.7 17.8 12.3 6.2 14.8
1950 5.0 4.7 7.7 13.9 19.2 21.8 26.5 26.2 23.8 15.8 11.1 5.4 15.1
1960 5.0 6.6 9.5 12.8 17.8 21.5 25.8 26.4 23.6 16.8 12.3 6.7 15.4
1970 4.5 6.0 5.5 13.0 19.6 20.7 25.4 27.4 24.0 17.2 12.3 6.8 15.2
1980 5.6 5.2 8.2 13.6 19.2 23.6 23.8 23.4 23.0 18.2 13.0 7.7 15.4
1990 5.0 7.8 10.6 14.7 19.2 23.5 25.7 28.6 24.8 19.2 15.1 10.0 17.0
2000 7.6 6.0 9.4 14.5 19.8 22.5 27.7 28.3 25.6 18.8 13.3 8.8 16.9
2010 7.0 6.5 9.1 12.4 19.0 23.6 28.0 29.6 25.1 18.9 13.5 9.9 16.9
2011 5.1 7.0 8.1 14.5 18.5 22.8 27.3 27.5 25.1 19.5 14.9 7.5 16.5
2012 4.8 5.4 8.8 14.5 19.6 21.4 26.4 29.1 26.2 19.4 12.7 7.3 16.3
2013 5.5 6.2 12.1 15.2 19.8 22.9 27.3 29.2 25.2 19.8 13.5 8.3 17.1
2014 6.3 5.9 10.4 15.0 20.3 23.4 26.8 27.7 23.2 19.1 14.2 6.7 16.6
2015 5.8 5.7 10.3 14.5 21.1 22.1 26.2 26.7 22.6 18.4 13.9 9.5 17.0

Those: Japanese weather bureau, see here

Global warming is Japan particularly hard hit, and within the next few decades. Japan is already a land of weather extremes, with regularly occurring typhoons and enormous masses of snow. No scientist or prophet you have to be, to predict, that since, said euphemistically, “enormous challenges” will be added to the greater Tokyo area, since large sections of the city are already at or below sea level – and Tokyo is suffering in many years, as it under water shortage, which many can not imagine, because here three times as much rain as in Berlin: This is true, however, a period of 2, 3 Months, where there is not raining, are not uncommon. Seen one can only hope, that something is moving in Paris.

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Erste Ramen-Bude mit Michelin- Star: And now?

December 8th, 2015 | Tagged , | 6 Comments | 693 reads

So now it's done: The famous Michelin Guide has a very happy first ordinary ramen shop in his latest gourmet guide with an asterisk¹. Probably for most Japanese travelers so no big surprise, because this originally Chinese noodle soup comes in Japan in so many variations and sometimes very complex flavors therefore, that there really must be something Michelin Star-worthy in any case maximum.

Has how many ramen shops eaten through the jury is unknown. And certainly not always a pleasure, because, as it happens to be with a pronounced popular food, there are a lot of chaff among the wheat. You have chosen among the tens of thousands, mostly really just Ramen-serving shops Ivy Tsuta, a mini restaurant (typical) with just 9 Places. The quantity of meals is on 150 limited per day, and that will not change probably as fast, because some of the ingredients (Soy sauce, for example,) superimposed supposedly two years until maturity.

Meiner Meinung nach stark sterneverdächtig: Echte Kumamoto-Tonkotsu-Ramen

In my opinion, highly suspicious stars: Echte Kumamoto-Tonkotsu-Ramen

The nice thing about the message, one has actually selected a normal local – with normal prices, ie less than 8 € or. less than 1’000 yen for Terrine. The strange thing about the election, however,, that one has chosen a shop, of, for example, deals with the chashu meat referred inlay with red wine and refines the noodle soup with truffle oil as desired. What does that mean now actually? Does that mean, I should really slow in Kawasaki a meatball Bude – Japanese are so big on meatballs – open and then just over spilling a little truffle oil, so as to attract the Michelin Gourmets? Perhaps. Can I do so, when I am grown up.

Auch nicht zu verachten: Ramen mit geräucherter Rinderzunge

Also not to be despised: Ramen with smoked beef tongue

As it is now times, if you will be famous, had the Ramenbudenbesitzer course immediately much unknown clientele. So much, that he grew up a meal ticket vending machines (very typical!), now the morning at 6 for 10 Opens minutes long Restaurant – because he does not need more, at 150 To sell meals to the already waiting hobby gourmets – and then get out depends a sign, that was sold out for today everything. He'll probably sometime the right, to using his name, sell to Nissin or any other dry pasta factory and earn good money, or equal to open a whole chain. Granted either him.

Whether I'm interested in the whole hype? Rather hardly. Ob ich dort auch mal Ramen essen wollen würde? For sure,de, sure!!!

¹See for example here (English).

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All Tokyo or what?

December 4th, 2015 | Tagged | 7 Comments | 1035 reads

The Japan Times recently published an interesting article entitled Is Tokyo killing the rest of Japan?¹. The question is justified and for decades a perennial favorite. The magnet is so strong Tokyo, that one would think like, He easily bleed out the rest of the country slowly but surely. With Tokyo of course is not only meant Tokyo, but the closer NCR, ie the West Chibas, the East Saitama, and the northern half of Kanagawa Prefecture – including the cities of Kawasaki and Yokohama million.

Although Tokyo is not going anywhere as a primate city, So a city, uniquely in the country not only in terms of population, but also culturally, politically, economically etc. dominates, angesehen, but this is more a matter of definition: Looking only at Tokyo City, then you have “only” just 9 Million people – but the majority of the working people in Tokyo who lives in the neighboring prefectures, and so you quickly to around 30 Million people and related economic, political and cultural power, after all, it is a quarter of the total population of the country. For German, for example, this situation is hard to understand, because in Germany there is no primacy city – die Bevölkerung verteilt sich beinahe linear auf Klein- and cities and on the land. In Berlin not even live 5% of the total population, and lives around Berlin… almost nobody, which technically Berlin population lags far behind the Ruhr.

Tokyo...

Tokyo…

Interestingly,, and even that is highlighted in the article, get the biggest critics of overly dominant Tokyo from Osaka, the old arch rival of Tokyo. There is no lack of attempts, to seize some power per se. So flared again on the idea, to lay the capital function either in the Gifu Prefecture between Osaka and Tokyo or even Osaka, justified by the quite coherent argument, that such a great and long-awaited earthquake would equal paralyze directly in Tokyo not the whole country.

... oder Provinz?

… or Province …

But unfortunately there is a catch: Many people, especially the talented, and hosts also from Osaka and the surrounding area, go for a good reason to Tokyo: The city is attractive, and it offers unlimited possibilities. And of permanent full tracks and never-ending crowds aside, Tokyo is in some respects more pleasant than Osaka: The air is better, There are more green and one is a newcomer to the fellow human beings usually do not care. In Osaka is not so – most people are nice there though, or shall we say so: heartfelt, But the chance, offending in Osaka is larger than in Tokyo. This is especially true for newcomers, und damit sind auch ausdrücklich zugereiste Japaner gemeint – so complain to Osaka staggered Tokyo often about, due to their (missing) To be discriminated dialect downright. Put another way it is in Osaka downright enraptured, if a foreigner can fluently grumble in flippant Kansai dialect.

...oder gar Osaka?

…oder gar Osaka?

Strangled Tokyo the rest of the country from the air? Gänzlich verneinen kann man das nicht. Der nationale brain drain ist spürbar, and not only recently. Is Tokyo blame? No. This is what the Japanese communities in their own hands. There are good reasons, that fewer and fewer young Japanese want to live in small towns. But these reasons can be changed. Well, a little help from Tokyo is of course still in demand, because from somewhere, the funds must first come.

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Paris is not the same New York. Or Tokyo.

November 20th, 2015 | Tagged , | 6 Comments | 969 reads

Schlagzeile in der Klatschpresse: Der Tag, an dem Tokyo zum Terrorziel wird.

Headline in the tabloids: The day, is at the Tokyo terror target.

It can not be denied – Japanese and living in Japan foreigners have a very comfortable place in the back row, to see all the turmoil in Japan viewed from from the Middle and Far West. Refugees? Will we see absolutely nothing to. Islamists in the country? Probably not. Japan rather produces its own religious fanatic, which then also must lack firearms access to alternatives.

Das Konzept des Islams ist weitgehend unbekannt und so auch der Unterschied zwischen Sunniten und Schiiten. The common knowledge is limited, that Islam is monotheistic and banned alcohol and numerous food (the latter restrictions are the most modern Japanese in itself very suspicious).

9/11 however, although this is also happening in a great distance, left a deep impression. This was partly because, that the attack was more spectacular than that of Paris. In Shinjuku is a Twin Tower (the City Hall of Tokyo in Shinjuku). Also in and around Tokyo is a busy aviation. With just a little imagination one can understand the risk situation. The great interest in 9/11 but rather was based on, that it took place in the US. What happens there, Japan very busy. When the giant US sneezes, Japan gets immediately a cold. Quite different in the Middle East or in Europe: Due to the economic influence it interesting to the general public very comfortable here, ob in China ein Sack Reis umfällt. However, whether the Golan Heights are under attack or whether Mosul falls, whether the editors of a little satire sheet is massacred in Paris in the middle or if a soccer match is canceled in Germany, is in Japan really care. All this is far away, irrelevant and flickers at most times briefly into the public consciousness – so for example if a compatriot, as the two decapitated by Daesh journalists, is concerned.

For sure,de, in the news and the images of refugees and assassinations are shown. Recently, I'm very often asked about the refugee problem – this is not surprising, since Japan takes more than a few dozen a year on, so that one responds here with disbelief to the latest figures from Germany (the comments of my fellow Japanese in this regard are often judgmental, So neither positive nor negative). Which, however, for example in Japan missing, is the wave of (Pseudo)solidarity among ordinary people, good to see in social media, where suddenly every other Facebook users their profile picture occupied by the Tricolore. With good intentions, of course,, but pseudo therefore, because in those moments almost everyone seems to forget, that the assassination in Paris is not unique, but who adorns his profile picture already with the Lebanese or Nigerian flag (order to answer the question itself – Among my Facebook contacts exactly one).

And so Paris is far away. No one is really shocked – at least not as shocked as the average Central Europeans, including me, because the attacks were attacks on the, what we call the finer things in life: Concerts and evening in outdoor cafes and restaurants depend. In other words, an attack on the self-evident for us Luxury.

Can the same thing happen in Japan? Categorically one can not rule out the. But it's far less likely than in Germany, for example,. Currently there are no concrete dangers. That will not change so quickly, at least not by refugees from Arab countries. As Prime Minister Abe at a press conference in New York on 29. September was asked, whether Japan would be willing, (more) Accept refugees from Syria, was answered, that you intend to tackle the problem of demographic change differently: They want to first make sure, that women and the elderly have better working conditions and increase the birth rate. That it in the reception of refugees is not about Japan strongly aging society but a humanitarian gesture, did not play the slightest role as. The humanitarian role of Japan can be seen with the payment of funds to development as completed.

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