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Tokyo: Ausflugstipp “Nōryōsen”

September 25th, 2014 | Tagged | 6 Comments | 6519 reads

Rainbow  Bridge von unten

Rainbow Bridge from below

Professional, although pleasant reasons it went last Friday on a fun boat ride in the bay of Tokyo. The 屋 形 船 Yakatabune mentioned, small boats I already knew – which are often designed with Tatami and hold for Trinkgelagene on the lake ago. However, this boat was different: It was a great, determined once occupied as a ferry boat for estimated 1,000 or more people. With large Norwegian flag on the chimney, but that does not necessarily mean, that the boat also comes from there. Resourceful businessmen have the boat now converted into a party boat: With stage, Beer and numerous food stalls. Das Boot legt, it seems like every day, vom Takeshiba-Pier (Near Hamamatsu-machi, Yamanote-Linie) at 19:15 and travels afterwards always back up the coast to the airport and Haneda again. With loud music on one of the decks, an admittedly somewhat annoying MC and hundreds of people in party mood. Odaiba, Rainbow Bridge, Approach path of the airport, gaudy industrial plants, etc.. – the ride is quite entertaining and takes a good two hours. The price is also more than civil: 2,600 yen pro Person, and includes All-You-Can-Drink.

Zur Information: It is called 納涼船 Nōryō-sen (“Sommerabendbrisen-Line”) and will take place from 1. July to 30. September statt. Definitely next year. How it looks, many passengers seem to understand the whole as an opportunity for a bride – for romantic nights with your partner is likely that then probably but be unsuitable. Meet and celebrate people but the boat is a round thing.


Self-immolation in Shinjuku and a weighty decision

July 1st, 2014 | Tagged , | 14 Comments | 8096 reads

On this blog, the topic is actually quite a alter Hut, but tomorrow it will seriously: With a crafty trick the pacifist constitution should be annulled tomorrow. Article 9 the Japanese Constitution states,

1) Aspiring sincerely to an international order based on justice and peace, the Japanese people waived for all times of war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of military force as a means of settling international disputes.

2) To achieve the purpose of paragraph 1 be country-, See- not entertain and air forces, as well as other means of war. A warfare law of the State is not recognized.

Will hot, Japan must not wage war. And no army to chat. But the wish to change for a long time conservative circles and of course above all the political rights. Now there has long been great resistance against a constitutional amendment. Morning is to a first, done great step. It is, strictly speaking, to the establishment of the Set Institute claims self-defense (Shūdanteki Jieiken) – Right of collective self-defense. To be concrete: The U.S. is Japan's most important ally. Accesses another power Japan to, is the United States committed, succor. If however a different power of the United States, it is forbidden Japan, to actively help the allies. Passive, For example, with military tanker aircraft, etc., This is, for example, in 2. However, the Iraq war has done.

Prime Minister Abe and his government now want in an extraordinary session of parliament on 1. July, this situation “correct”. However, since a constitutional amendment is quite difficult, engages you in the bag of tricks: Sure, there are articles 9. There are also articles 65 in the Constitution, and stating concisely:

Government is vested in the Cabinet. – The executive power is vested in the Cabinet.

And so one decides tomorrow so with a comfortable majority in parliament, the manner, how the Constitution is interpreted, change: Article 65 stings Article 9 from. It's simple. The fact that only one third of the population is this for good and a half, however, is simply¹, is the ruling Liberal Democrats doing pretty much no matter.

The whole is not without protests vonstatten: Today, thousands demonstrated – exact numbers I have to stay unfortunately guilty – in many places, among other things, the residence of the Prime Minister, against the looming vote. Pity, that the Prime Minister no longer live in the residence for a couple of years, since it is supposed to haunt there. But of course this is just a rumor.

Yesterday, at the 29. June 2014, Moreover, it came to an extraordinary incident at the south exit of the world's busiest train station – Shinjuku. A man positioned himself against there 1 Clock in the afternoon began with a megaphone on a footbridge and, to protest against the decision. This went on for an hour so, and in that time prepared the fire brigade air cushions and similar. Against 2 Clock the man doused himself suddenly with a brown liquid and set himself on fire (who has to look at the absolutely – there are of course everything on YouTube² – Finally Shinjuku is this time of day full of people). The fire department was of course included in seconds, to clear the man. That finally came to the hospital with severe burns, but should be accessible. It is interesting, that the planned sacrifice indeed met with much interest in foreign media, in the Japanese mainstream media, however, was hardly an echo.

Political opinion or no – that Japan's war in our own Constitution is prohibited, has its reasons. In principle, yes of the right to self-defense no objection. But the thought of the following Szenarie makes already anxious: Somehow North Korea manages, to sink an American ship and it explains the U.S. just as the war. Decide Japan's hawks, that the alliance case is created so that, and let that transformed the army self-defense forces landing. And already are Japanese soldiers between China and South Korea. Respectively there, I care where everyone is allowed to be – only no Japanese soldier.

¹ See Nikkei Shimbun vom 29. June 2014
² See for example here


Everyday pleasures in shuttle

April 29th, 2014 | Tagged , | 20 Comments | 12278 reads

It is just after 8 in the morning. The alarm clock convinced me somehow, stand up. Today from is 10 a meeting in Shibuya on the plan. Normally it looks like this: I leave the house against nine nine, ride a bicycle 4 km long mountain and valley to my station of trust. The track is spiced with 18 degree slopes and a well- 1 km Bustan, continuous descent. One is awake then. Just 15 Minutes later I'm at the station and get on the fast train. 20 Minutes later, So at half past ten, I'm in Shibuya. As far as, so good.

Professionelle Passagierquetscher bei der Arbeit

Professional Passagierquetscher at work

A view from the window explains the background noise: It regnet. Blast it. My bike is very fast, but one of the reasons for this is the lack of protection plates. With suit and that bike 4 miles to the train station is not recommended. I do not like a wet poodle sitting in a meeting yes. Deshalb Plan B, additional für Rege Tage: I leave shortly after half past nine the house and one minutes walk to the bus stop. The bus comes naturally 10 Minutes late, no problem – I'm only just 9:40 an. The bus to the nearest station: The only 2 km, but there do not hold fast trains. But there are a few semi-express trains. In any case, when the bus is on time. As he but it is not, remains only to wait for the slow train. The drives – also with several minutes delay – finally a, of course, is jam-packed and will remain here and there longer than usual are. Against 9:40 – actually I would be long in Shibuya – I'm finally in Shimokitazawa. I wallow with the crowds the stairs and escalators up to the Keio line. A few scary moments are: The escalator spits more and more people on the platform, but that is already hopeful crowded and people do not come fast enough away from the escalator. At the same time, turn left and right hupenderweise trains.

The Keio line seems to be uncomfortable: The rulers of the station intercom apologize incessantly with cracking voice. A train to Shibuya retracts. The faces of the passengers are so strongly pressed against the window panes, they appear larger than normal faces. The doors go to relentless. After a few seconds, short, before the doors close again, falls a passenger from the exact middle of the wagon on, that he even wants to get here. Suddenly dozens of sources stressed, sallow passengers out of the car and immediately weighed back, after the sleeper has finally left the train. Finally! 3.4 Cubic inches more per passenger! When one leaves the wagon, should theoretically be able to climb at least one new. But it is not. Even the proven fighting technique – Contact with his back to the car in front of the door, cling with their hands in the inner door frame and squeeze in then backward with all available pressure – does not help. It fits no longer purely. Train departs. Nearest train coming: The same spectacle. Third train: Exactly, no one can climb. Finally, at train number 4 (we are talking about a total 10 Minutes), I can “enter”, the elegance of the word “enter” describes the situation not entirely correct. Actually, it's more like Rambo in Afghanistan, only with umbrella instead of gun, and in slow motion. 7 Minutes later, the train is back, namely 100 Meters away from the terminus Shibuya. A few minutes after 10 Clock the door opens. And, Today is another beautiful day!*

*Eggs, I admit it yes: The whole happened before 10 Meet. Today it did not rain.


Interference Factor Handymensch

April 11th, 2014 | Tagged , | 4 Comments | 8144 reads

Docomo, one of the three major wireless carriers in Japan, has spread among the people recently an instructive video, and the video currently spreading very fast. It's about, what can happen, when you walk through the countryside while only looks at his cell phone. The simulation shows concretely, what happens, when 1,500 At the same time the famous people “Scramble”-Cross intersection in Shibuya and all to stare on your mobile phone. Das Score to Simulation, based on the highly restricted field of view of passers-by, said, that only one third may, without prejudice to cross the intersection in time – the rest is either too slow or collide with other pedestrians (about 400 Time) together.
As far as the simulation is not removed from the reality. Since my move I also get into Shibuya to best rush hours to. Here I pass countless stairs and narrow hallways, and half of others going through the course here with the spark in the styluses: Either, to read something, to write or watch TV. Many seem to really doing according to the method “the others are walking around already about me” proceed, but at some point the critical mass is reached – then there are too many cell phone junkies and no longer fits on. The fact, that the said people of course are much slower than the rest, makes me mad each time. In addition, there Naglfar blow at full volume through the headphones, and already achieved an operating, for the next 10 Enough hours in the office.
Of course, some contemporaries let their aggressiveness run free. This includes Bloggerkollege Coolio, as daily by some Japanese. Also I have after 20th homo Mobilfunkensis no desire for Dodge's and make me stubborn. Aah, Shibuya. The exact opposite of a walk through the forest! But here is the video:


Snow Chaos (last part)

February 18th, 2014 | Tagged , | 16 Comments | 2710 reads

Normal auf Hokkaido - aber ungewöhnlich in Tokyo

Normal auf Hokkaido – but uncommon in Tokyo

Three posts in succession snow… but it is worth a further contribution still. Tokyo and the surrounding area have in recent days, the heaviest snowfall since 45 Experienced years: At the 8. February fell around 30 inches of snow in the center of Tokyo, and at 14. February again a similar amount. This naturally leads into Tokyo itself well to traffic chaos, but much arrant it has other hit prefectures. In the prefecture of Yamanashi, and even in the west of Tokyo did not fall centimeterweise, but the meter snow. Central railway lines no longer drive, Highways and many other roads are closed permanently, and thousands of households are without electricity for days.

Some places in Yamanashi and Tokyo are completely cut off from the outside world, everywhere and stuck cars and trucks for days in the snow firmly. Hall roofs collapsed and some of trees fell. 23 Deaths were counted as far as ¹, and the blocked roads begin to have an impact: There are first delivery bottlenecks. In supermarkets, for example,, But even with the big auto companies – several works were forced to close temporarily, because the supplier stuck somewhere in the snow. And as if that was not enough, is it on Wednesday and Thursday already snowing again. This winter thus becomes quite dramatic for the Capital Region. In the prefectures on the Sea of ​​Japan and Hokkaido to fight every year against the snow, but for a region, which brings together an average of only a few centimeters per year, that was just too much times. In other words,: It's about time, that it is a little warmer…

¹ See, among others here


Whiteout in Tokyo

February 9th, 2014 | Tagged | 1 Comment | 2516 reads

Tokyo und Umgebung mal ganz in Weiss

Tokyo and the surrounding area times all in white

Who was staying today in Tokyo or the surrounding area, was treated to a rare weather event: Snow. Very much snow. And even in freezing temperatures (naja, exactly one degree minus). Since the amount of snow was enormous and the days previously relatively cool, it was not long, until the snow remained lying. And was always more. In the city center of Tokyo were the evening 27 cm measured – the highest amount of snow since 1969, and it's 20 Years ago, more than 20 inches of snow in Tokyo lie remained. In Chiba was 30 Centimeters measured since the beginning of records highest snowpack. On my balcony – and which is covered, mind you, lie 40 cm of snow. On average,. In the corner there are 80 cm, am Rand nur 10. Because of snow coupled with high winds, reached the local storm strength.
The kids had their fun of course, and already lower snow amounts are usually sufficient, bring to a halt at the traffic partially. So much snow melts not overnight (especially since it is still snowing), so that the elections for governor of Tokyo are under a bad star tomorrow.
Now, the average temperature in Tokyo is the day this time of year at 10 Grad plus, but if ever falling snow, then usually only in February or March.


Novum: Imperial Palace is open. However…

December 18th, 2013 | Tagged , | 5 Comments | 6040 reads

Nijūbashi - Die Doppelbrücke - einer der Eingänge zum Kaiserpalast

Nijūbashi – The double bridge – one of the entrances to the Imperial Palace

… there are a lot of fine print to. The 宫内 庁 kunaichō – Imperial Household Agency announced today, that on the occasion of 80. Birthday of the Emperor in the next year, some areas of the Imperial Palace to the public should be made available. Such a thing has never been more – it is a sensation. Finally, there is a always been heavily protected area in the midst of one of the largest cities in the world. At the 24. and 25. May and on a Saturday and a Sunday in early October 2014 it is three groups on the day be possible, otherwise be allowed to enter inaccessible areas in groups. Maximum 50 People should be able to belong to a group. So that makes 50 times 3 times 4 Days = 600 Visitor. And to be selected by lot. If I do not sleep through it, I will also take care of a lot, for the opportunity I will not miss me.

By members of the imperial family, Except members of the said imperial Hofamtes and high-ranking diplomats and dignitaries, no one is allowed to enter the facility. Only a very small area is open to the public – and then only twice a year, at the 23. December (Imperial birthday) and at 2. January for New Year's speech.
Of course, not all areas will be made publicly – but the splendid lobby 正殿 松 の 間 Seiden Matsu no Ma and the halls 豊明殿 Hōmeiden and 長和殿 Chōwaden to be visible. The most important sanctuaries 皇 霊 殿 Kōreiden (Ancestral hall), 神殿 Shinden (Gods Hall) and 贤 所 Kashiko-dokoro (Place of reverence) will as always remain ever closed.

More about Palace opening there here in English and because in Japanese.


Robot, half-naked women and business

October 3rd, 2013 | Tagged , , | 3 Comments | 9305 reads

Roboter + α: Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku/Tokyo

Robot + a: Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku/Tokyo

Yesterday a meeting with two business partners had agreed – Japan both seasoned experts from the English-speaking. One of them had already been arranged long before a suitable place for the meeting: Das Restaurant in Robot Shinjuku, more precisely in the infamous Kabukicho district. From my own experience, the host suggested, to meet before dinner, of the Robot Restaurant Restaurant ist ein zwar, However, the emphasis lies mainly on the first word.
Said, done. Ah, Shinjuku! Before 15 Years I was almost every night in Shinjuku – either to work (weekdays) or pleasure (Rest). Shinjuku was my playground, and this playground was me from the outset rather than Roppongi. In recent years, however, there was a lack of opportunities, and so I hardly recognized Shinjuku. But how much everything changes in a few years. The first thing a lot of my Chinese tour group on, ran a flag waving behind the swinging guide. Well at least they look like the real. Japan. Cough.

The Robot Restaurant is located in Kabukicho midst of all the more or less ambiguous Establishments, because the offer group rates at the massage parlor and… no, which is too long. Even in the blazing Kabukicho still gleißendere Robot restaurant is immediately on. The pricing structure is simple: 5,000 Yen pro Person (also rund 40 Euro), no ifs and buts. Just go to is not – you must book in advance. Then you wait in the entrance area, in the schiesen immediately thanks to the decor tears to my eyes. It glitters and sparkles, the senses over themselves. And – Japanese people have to look after almost. Almost all visitors coming from abroad. Eventually you will be under the
Out earth – three stories deep. There: A small arena, with three staggered rows of seats on both sides and in the middle of a wide side. There are two employees and sell beer from plastic cups. At the entrance you also get inside a cardboard box with food. I had to open not only, to suspect, why should we eat before. No, here you certainly can not go because of the food.

Farbige Panzer und nackte Frauen. Nun ja.

Colored tanks and naked women. Well.

Eventually it started. Many aufgetüterte, half-naked young women with cup sizes, which can not be described by the first three letters of the alphabet, jumped bawling, screaming, swords- and flags waving around the room. Well, the normal average woman just. There were video installations, a kung fu panda rip-off, the fight against villains (then fly across the room) usw. Particularly noteworthy: The drummer with a very sporty, colorful dragon tattoo, which covered half the body. Gee. Sometime yet been finally. Distributed light stick, with which one should waving in rhythm, And most have also gone through properly.

What Forgot? Oh, and, Robot! The course, there was also, ton and in various forms, manned and unmanned. These strange vehicles and much more. After one and a half hours, the show was over, and all left either happy or irritated the local.

Now, I've long since put myself in another world for the first time. And with all kitsch: If you just forget everything around and just does the thing, makes it quite fun. Predicate: Very nerdy, but well done and, if not always, as yet largely, very entertaining.
Well: From the food, I would stay away. The convenience stores, the better.

Here are the Link to the official website.


Doraemon and a typhoon

September 15th, 2013 | Tagged , , | Comments Off | 3204 reads

Taifun Man-Yi. Mehr zum Werdegang siehe hier:

Taifun Man-Yi. More career see here: JMA

September is beautiful – There are two holidays in September, and the heat can gradually. Most of the time. Now, the next Monday is free (and the following Monday as well), unfortunately only have just this weekend a great typhoon ravaged the country for. The typhoon was Man'nyi (Yi Wan) Man-Yi baptized – named after a strait in Hong Kong. This typhoon has, however, not except to Hong Kong, but the most densely populated regions in Japan. Currently it looks like, as if he were on 16. September, also am Montag, will pull away directly over Tokyo. And as so often pushes the Taifu much ahead of it – on Sunday a lot of rain to fall.

Since fail with high probability several railway lines, So it was called, to make at least something from the day on Saturday. Not so easy with pretty sultry 32 Degree. From given occasion there so I went with the children to Tokyo Tower, because there is currently an exhibition in honor of the 80. Anniversary of the manga illustrator Fujiko · F · Fujio (Fujiko F. Fujio). This is certainly not the right name – was born of the artist as Hiroshi Fujimoto. Unfortunately, he can not celebrate the birthday also, because the artist died already 1996 on liver failure – quite literally at your desk, with a pin in its hand (so at least he lost consciousness – Three days later he died, without waking again). Fujio’s Leitmotiv war SF, he does not as “Science Fiction” would have understood, rather than 少し不思議 Sukoshi Fushigi – “something peculiarly”. And that is by far his most famous character: Doraemon Doraemon – a large, Blue Cat, but more on that see Delicious: Jean Reno meets Doraemon.

Fujio & Doraemon-Ausstellung am Tokyo Tower

Fujio & Doraemon-Ausstellung am Tokyo Tower

But we are in Japan. The entrance is quite violent for the, what is offered: 1’500 Yen (also rund 12 Euro) for adults and 900 Yen for children over 4. And 2 Hour wait we must expect, we were told – and you really have to be present at that time with the children. Ultimately, it took only an hour. The beginning was quite furious: A mini cinema with a small, white space, state in which only a desk. The whole proved to be a three-dimensional projection, in the books suddenly flew through the area and much more – without 3D glasses, mind you. Even my 2-year-old spontaneously clapped their hands, saying something and wishing. The rest of the exhibition was indeed interesting – in many places, however, interesting for parents, are indeed all grew up with Doraemon: It should under no 50 geben in Japan, does not know the blue cat.

Let me mangas usually cold, but when my children look Doraemon, I sit like this: The characters are pretty funny, and the stories undoubtedly stimulate imagination as. Sometimes you also learn that his employees know better. As an employee of mine once a translated text and the subject line 翻訳こんにゃく Hon’yaku Konnyaku (hon'yaku = translation, konnyaku = typical Japanese ingredient of Konjac flour) sent back, I thought only a witty play on words. But no – Hon'yaku Konnnyaku is a miracle of Doraemons tools: If you rumkaut it, one can understand foreign languages.


Simply dropped into water

July 30th, 2013 | Tagged , | 5 Comments | 12159 reads

Last Saturday found, As every year on the last Saturday in July, two of the largest fireworks show in the Tokyo area instead: The 隅田川 花火 大会 Sumidagawa firework festival in Tokyo and the Fireworks Urayasu Urayasu-Feuerwerksfestival. The former took place this year on 36. Times, attracting an average of three-quarters of a million visitors; the fireworks Urayasu (and, I just tinker at this new website) found to 35. The event has on average half a million visitors (the city has just 160’000 Population).

Both events last a full hour, during more than 6’000 Go off firecrackers. And are meant fireworks: Made by hand, Annual Kawenzmänner. A spectacle. As we live in Urayasu and fireworks is even introspective, if one sits down with food and beer out there somewhere, we went trotting again this year. To a more distant location directly on the shore (The fireworks were launched from a platform in the sea). Among the crowds we did not, because we would very quickly lose sight of our youngest.

To start to 19:30 (and, there is in Japan, even in the summer the light) saw everything from still all right. But that changed within a few minutes. First came a few drops, then threatening looking clouds, and finally, Other strobes, which clearly did not belong to fireworks. The wind freshened considerably on – and after a few minutes it was closing time: Shortly before 20 Clock it poured with rain and lightning flashed and crashed everywhere. Fortunately (or. the foresight) We were right next to a subway, so that we could hole up there. It was better that way, Umbrellas would not have helped because, and the temperature dropped abruptly from 30 on 22 Degree. Although the underpass is very broad, came there, the water almost everywhere.

Bedrohliche Wolkenkulisse beim Feuerwerk

Menacing clouds crowd watching the fireworks

Also the Sumida fireworks had to be canceled – for the first time in its 36-year history. Had the situation can not be estimated beforehand? – The Hobbymeteorologe should be noisy here. Since I have a bit of background information about it: The odds were in my opinion 50:50. You took the risk, because the fireworks are so much preparation time and costs with you. The storm front slumbered already north of Tokyo. But the speed, with the front then rolled towards the sea and was always greater, was truly remarkable and difficult to predict. And you can again draw only his hat to the organizers and the participants: In many places it would come in a downpour with thunder and lightning almost a Millinen people in a small space a riot or panic – already done everything (For example, in football stadiums). But eventually all came while wet, but intact home.

The weather plays this year anyway some capers in Japan: It was the rainy season started much too early. Then it rained not long. Then the rains stopped far too early to. Finally, there was a decent early July heat wave. And for weeks, the Northeast and the West Japan is plagued by record-breaking rainfall, together with floods. In Tokyo, however severe and sudden thunderstorms have become part of everyday life.


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