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.
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…
The beauty of Tokyo is, that the specialization of individual districts on specific services or products is still strong. Previously, there was also in the German cities – but usually only announce them the place names, whereupon the district specialized.
The best known example is probably in Japan Akihabara. After the Second World War here growled the black market, where everything somehow need- or. actionable sold. This was a collection of shops, the electrics- and electronic components and products for sale. But there are many more:
・Suidōbashi (between Iidabashi and Ochanomizu) is specialized in printing and publishing products
· Jimbocho (north of the Imperial Palace) specializes in bookstores
· Asakusadōri (Ueno, Inaricho) on Butsudan (Home altars) specialized
· Tsukiji specializes in fish shops
· Shinjuku 2chōme is on… We let the
There would also Kappabashi between Ueno and Tokyo Sky Tree: Here it specializes in all, what is in the kitchen and gastronomy needs. Of Stäbchenablageteilchen (Hashioki) up to giant pots, in the loose one, two children can fit, there is everything, but really to buy anything. This includes of course also stores, specializing for example in Japanese or Japanese ceramic knives. Other stores specialize in everything, what you need as a coffee lover so – For example, who wants to roast his own coffee, find just the right thing.
Voted, for tourists, are the shops of ユニオン Union – there are excellent knives and 田 窑 Dengama – a shop for pottery from different regions of Japan, To most reasonable prices, and みくら Mikura, a shop, the experts only on chopsticks. Union is located on a street corner in about the middle of the mall-Kappabashi, Dengama at the southern end (compared to the department store with the giant cooking on the roof) Mikura and at the northern end of Kappabashi.
A visit to Kappabashi can however be equated with Ikea: You will definitely buy something – even if you do not know until then, that you really need it. As long as you do not repent later…
If there are two things technically eat, can vorlocken me behind the stove, then the cheese (now well, apart from the Harzer Roller) and Ramen – This spicy noodle soup, which makes me even more tempted than usual soup connoisseurs repellent storm of excitement. Well cheese, as such, tend not to the standard repertoire of Japanese cuisine. Consumption seems to be increasing again, but usually only in the form as harmless, ie odorless representatives. Japanese still amaze, when I look at my cheese Yakisoba brösele. It actually fit together like cheese and Yakisoba the ass on the bucket. And so well, that there are even instant yakisoba with cheese. I should apply for a patent… Even with pasta cheese fits almost always, particularly, if you married the right cheese with the right sauces. Pasta mit Olivenöl gebratenem in Chile, Basil and garlic, for example, in Italy, usually served without cheese – But probably the only, because people do not know, like the whole thing with grated Emmenthal tastes. And I do not mean to substitute Emmenthal (which it is not anyway in Japan). But as much as I also love cheese – if it does not fit, it does not fit. Japanische Apartment Aiko-Pasta (with spicy roe) For example, I would not sprinkle in life with cheese – that would just be wrong. At least that is it like.
Recently, however, I came across a report on Amun from ninety-nine – 99 Ramen – a shop in Ebisu, my workplace. That store boasts especially its cheese Ramen, has other things in the program. In order to keep supply tight and self-image becomes “mysticize”, you only make 200 Serving Käse-frame pro Tag. Latecomers, hat halt Pech. In my yesterday's lunch break so I went on the road. Publicly I was not too late, But it spoke to the shop, I, even though it was half past one in the afternoon, had to wait briefly – noon for most eventually already over. Inside it looked heimelich, and the store is a ramen stall quite large.
What it looks like - Cheese on Ramen
No 5 Minutes later I was sitting in front of a bowl of noodle soup dampfelnden – and it is a mountain of white, shredded in a specially constructed machine cheese. The slowly but surely into the soup and disappeared at the bottom of the bowl turned into a slimy mass. As expected, the cheese had no strong taste, and anyway, I wondered, what cheese they use to actually. I could not taste it properly allocate. The miso soup was made on base and very mild. Had with the 辛 味噌 Kara-Miso – spicy miso nachgeholfen be.
Predicate: Edible. And the store is right in principle well. But cheese and ramen is then not so right – eating I felt suddenly hungry “correct” Rāmen. Next time, then. Why not 99 Rāmen, but withRameneese…
Shintaro Ishihara, 2006-Sep-1By MCSN ADAM YORK, USN (Public domain), via Wikimedia Commons
One must not have been too long in Japan, to know his face and his name: 石原慎太郎 Ishihara Shintarois political veteran. The 80-year-old, often as a right-wing populist politician respected, was in the 80s and Transport Minister and Cabinet Member for 1999 Governor of the prefecture's capital. And thus quite a political heavyweight.
Ishihara was once a writer and even won 1955 the most important literary prize in Japan – Akutagawa den-Preis. Who he is sympathetic, could call him a politician with heart and soul, because Ishihara has rarely taken a mince. Who is it less sympathetic, would describe it more as the appointed nationalists and populists. He holds the Constitution in part imposed by the occupying powers (which he has admittedly not entirely wrong) and she wants to change accordingly – so with safety and the pacifist clause in Article 6. Ishihara also with his Proposal in April 2012, buy the Senkaku Islands, one of the most serious foreign policy crisis between Japan and China triggered since the normalization of relations in the 1970s – This dispute still smolders in front of him and beat big waves (see for example here).
Despite or because of his conviction and despite numerous verbal gaffe Ishihara is very popular and has done a lot in Tokyo. This afternoon, at 15 Clock, he has offered in a special press conference his immediate resignation. That's the good news. The bad news (and, I am once again very subjective): The good man does not go around in pension, but in the country's politics. He wants to start his own party may (currently he is parteienlos), and what it looks like, he seems to hope, this is also the currently very contentious, but at many popular mayor of Osaka, 橋下 徹 Hashimoto Tōru, with 43 Years old almost half as much as Ishihara, undertake jointly to. It also seems quite possible, Ishihara establishes that no completely new party, but the relatively new party たちあがれ 日本 Tachiagare Nippon - etwa: "Stand up, Japan” “accepts”.
What comes to Japan? Ishihara is very influential, and Hashimoto also. Both politicians have, for Japanese political relations, Charisma and are very popular in certain parts of the population. They have accordingly the chance, political events stir up properly. And that is a reactionary ideology that Ishihara's not a pleasant thought.
As already here described, Tokyo is starting this year a new attraction, denn der Tokyo Sky Tree, currently with 634 Meters, the highest tower in the world, is now open to the public.
Yesterday I even took the liberty, one day above ground abzubummeln. The plan was as follows namely: Weekends should hopscotch on Sky Tree in motion, so you probably can not watch everything at rest. It is certainly better, on a perfectly ordinary day, when all work, there aufzukreuzen. A fortiori, when all Chinese tourists visited the country avoided like the plague. That's the theory. In practical terms, the plan was totally a waste of time, because at the Sky Tree was definitely heaven and earth. Sacrament, have they all do not work!? What is wrong with this world merely?
Since you have to somehow go long ... and woe betide if not
But first, one by one. Months after its opening it was only possible to the tower, if you had previously posted online. You can do that today still, but you can now also show up on the tower and a so-called 整理 券 seiriken get – a waiting number. There will then be on it long and thick, at which time you can do for the actual tickets. We emerged from 14 Clock on, and authorized us to, between us 18 Clock and 18:30 to hire. Good 4 Hours 2 extremely impatient children – the smell of fun.
Initially was not immediately apparent, when we have to stand in line at all how and why. Everywhere stood around boundaries, times with people inside, times without. My wife, not lazy, unceremoniously climbed over a rope, order to target the location inside, But one of the church wardens – dressed in an extremely ugly uniforms – umgehendst was on hand and snapped my favorite woman look at toxic: “Way as! This way is not long! Get out!” The breath away even my wife's language (and that comes very, very rare), but not me. I answered her not a threatening “Expression!” (iikata – actually “Speech”, But here in about: Beware, as you talk!), which is followed by a tower guard “申し訳ありません” (Moshi wake arimasen – ESorry) been tormented. They looked, as if she had just bitten into a lemon.
Tower guard while trying, scare my daughter dancing from the elevator ...
We quickly, that many seemingly tower guards underpaid, instructed bad, revised or whatever were. Something you will not find too often here, but you may also only wanted to ensure, that foreign visitors do not feel too foreign.
We were not even sure, if we really want ultimately to the tower – On this day at least, as it was quite hazy. To the aquarium but we wanted to definitely. That is next to the tower. Admission for adults: Proud 2’000 Yen. A steep price, even by Japanese standards. When sushi shop I can look for the same price ot only fish, but also eat the same. At the price board was however something else: Annual Pass 4,000 Yen. That was a no-brainer, as they say – Yen sure, that we are within a year dragged again by the children here, then why do not equal the annual pass. We were ushered into a side room, where the annual season ticket – with photo of the owner – immediately issue. The staff here: Across the board very friendly. When I was at the range when photographing, I still had the little one in her arms, she said more in jest: “Maybe I should take a photo with him”, whereupon the employee immediately: “Na clear! No problem!” said. There you are, it is nevertheless. Manager of Aquariums: Top. Manager Turms: Flop. It's that simple.
Pinguingehege im Sumida-Aquarium
The aquarium was just full of people – it was a real art, a few fish to catch sight. Nicely done, it is certainly, with a large, cylindrical tanks, in the underwater world of the Ogasawara Islands is mapped, and a large, open pool with glass walls for a large pack Penguins. And a series of aquariums, where you can see, like jellyfish grow from day to day. The work of the keepers is made publicly visible in the aquarium, what children is certainly interesting.
After the aquarium, it was 4 Clock. It was, another two hours to kill. We succeeded in the halfway “Solamachi”, a computer connected to the Sky Tree Mall, which was also overcrowded course. I would not know to be honest, what is going on there at the weekend – It must be sheer lunacy. To avoid long waits, Finally, we went just before half past six to tower. And were immediately steered to the checkout. There were at endless lines of people with red cards – this probably had pre-ordered on the Internet. We had the yellow cards, and no 5 Minutes later we had our tickets right: 2’000 Yen for adults, 600 Yen for up to 5-jänrige. At least the kid was purely for nothing. But one runs but only up to 350 m high 展望 デッキ Tenbo dekki(Viewing platform).
Copper cherry blossoms in spring lift
The elevators are spacious and designed with great attention to detail, not to say – noble. Each elevator is a season dedicated. Too much time has not however, to admire the interior, because the elevators up to 600 m per minute boot. In 50 Second one is up, together with 40 other people per load. This makes virtually 800 Euro per ride for the operator. Times more likely… 4 Elevators make the tour theoretically 30 Mal pro Stunde. Or to put it better 20 Time, allow more time for a- to allow entry and exit. 20 mal 4 Elevators times 40 By 2 people’000 Yen = 6.4 Million yen per hour. Since children etc. ride, simplicity 5 Million. The tower is of 8 to 22 Clock open, i.e. 14 mal 5 = Million 70 MillionMiltimesnrund 700,000 Euro. Who on the top deck 450 Meters, the 展望 回廊 Tenbo Cairo, View tour will, paying extra on again to another cash 350 m – the costs half, i.e. 1,000 Yen per adult. Not all go up there. Perhaps half of those, the drive to the platform, so let's say it again 100,000 Extra Euro. 365 Days times 0.8 Million euro = 292 Millionen Euro, minus 92 Million euros in windy days, where the elevator does not move, days or fewer visitors. The cost was well 400 Millionen Euro. Of course, you Million €a lot of money for them and the staff to operate and, but considering, that the rents of the shops there, bring some television and pay for the use, The tower is expected to pay off pretty quickly for operators. The whole thing is all about hitting roughly, But I think, one can reasonably get an idea of the significance of the tower for the city and operators. The expected way 5 Million visitors, who want the tower, and 20 Million visitors a year the whole complex par excellence.
The 100 m high, upper elevator shaft
Once at the top, It was also difficult, to get to the huge glass panes – the crowd was just too big. And half the people on the discs do not look as out of the vast sea of lights, but on the screens of their mobile phones and cameras, to watch, whether the hastily shot photo has become something. We introduced ourselves while at once, at 10 Minutes later to hold tickets for the upper deck in hand.
In the elevator to the top revealed itself then the – in my view – real highlight: The elevator shaft is bathed in blue-ultraviolet light, and the elevator has a glass roof. It looked very futuristic and was simply impressive. Hats off to the, had this idea.
A marvel 450 Meter height is worth the extra admission fee. Tube-like turns of the walk around the tower, slightly inclined – the upper end is 5 Meters above the start of the tour. And yes – whether 450 m or 350 m altitude does make a difference. It was still somewhat hazy and of course long since dark, but the height is impressive and reveals a unique view on the major streets of the city, The many rivers and bridges …
View of the lower end of 450 m high tour
Conclusion: Without any problems around 200 Euro spent on the tower, and a lot of stress, but worth seeing. Anyone interested in architecture, the tower should not be missed. However, if you simply want to just take a view of the city, which was the town hall in Shinjuku recommended as an alternative – Although this is only 243 m, but free and for a view of Tokyo always sufficient. If you can justify on the Tokyo Sky Tree – I can only recommend, to go to the top, even if it costs extra (a bad habit, which it had taken over from the old Tokyo Tower). Below are a few photos – Unfortunately, in many questionable quality, there simply was not the time since, take pictures in peace.
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And, It has become a little quieter here in recent days. This is again to excessive work and the general silly season. But now the summer begins well before even properly: A week vacation. Finally. 5 Years old would have to be: My daughter has gone on for three weeks of vacation (from playing in the kindergarten…) and it costs thanks to her mother and properly. For us, this year in the (even hotter) South: It's O-Bon, and time to make a pilgrimage to the tomb of the ancestors. Since the entire relationship is to one half of Kumamoto and the other half of Shikoku, We have of course a little luck: I would be reluctant to spend O-Bon in Tokyo.
The upcoming tour is also something special this time – at least for me, at last it comes to 47. and last Prefecture, still did not have the pleasure of my presence. This is – Drum-roll – Miyazaki, known for his part, subtropical climate, tasty chicken and citrus fruits as well as for, that there should be absolutely nothing going on. But we'll see. Pleasant this tour should always be, because: We also go to a 秘湯 hitō (literally: What Geheime) in Ubuyama (next to the famous active volcano Aso), known for its hot springs. In Takachiho we stay almost directly next to a hot spring. Also Yufuin and Beppu are well known for hot springs. So those are… hmm, at least 5 Days in hot springs!
In this sense, according to happen in the next few days, not so much on this blog – unless, I unpacked the boredom when the rest is already asleep. I hope, my readers have one or another form of summer and enjoy those also due. Finally, a Tokyo-summer sky Photo: Suddenly, the whole office was bathed in orange light, and said a course on the balcony, why. And, it's summer. And the summer sky in Japan – at least on many days – very, very nice (in Germany also, But because of the heat, it often looks a bit wild from here).
Today, at the 17. June, I've just thrown my good intentions overboard: Actually, I had my self-imposed, in Japan are not politically active - that is,, I thought it was questionable as to, whether I have the right to, me to participate in demonstrations. Finally, I'm just a guest here. If a persistent host.
Demobeginn in Yoyogi: Everything beautiful colorful
But if I Herumgeeiere in terms of nuclear power here so see, I see myself forced to really, my principles to jettison. After all, my wife had our son, then 1-month and 4-year-old daughter at that time because of the ultimate home-made disaster of Fukushima a hurry to leave town. And now it is the policy, convince the people, that it should fire up the more nuclear power plants again, otherwise the lights go out. Only 16 Months after Fukushima. You just learn not to, and instead of looking for alternatives, wants to continue as before.
Today (a holiday) found for this reason the 10万人 集会 jūmannin shūkai – 100’000-People meeting instead of. They gathered at noon in the large Yoyogi Park in the center. Famous musicians (For example, Ryuichi Sakamoto) and writers (For example, Nobel Prize Kenzaburo Oe) There were, and at the end of the demonstrators marched on three different routes through the city.
Participate in a Japanese demo is basically unremarkable and similar dangerous, like taking a 2-year-old the candy. Violence can be expected under any circumstances. No chaotic, no black block, No stick wielding policeman. While I was still But they make you a Exploding from the ear, but since it's only a matter of principle: Apparently the policy in Japan does not matter, what people think, But there must be even in Japan, a pain threshold for politicians. Located at the 100,000 Demonstrators? Apparently not. One million? Who knows. So go first. Even my Schwiegeeltern decided, to go (their first demo) and are specifically made a sign.
Actually, I wanted to go with his wife and children, but we had to cancel at short notice.
Sehr clever: Solution easy to stick umbrella!
Such crowds of around 35 Degrees and blazing sun comes in small children not so well. So it went off alone. Without a shield. The Ringer! In Yoyogi, more precisely, around Harajuku Station, all hell broke loose, because while there was the show “Disney on Ice” instead of. What a mixture. Hovered over the park 5 Press helicopters, and hundreds of police ensured order. Many participants had homemade signs while, other conveniently pasted their umbrellas with slogans. A young band played live on a trailer - very refreshing and very unjapanisch. Of course, because not all participants own pieces. A few political parties and organizations send out their people. All in all it was very colorful.
As the trial itself expired, was typical Japanese: Very, very ordered. Only a portion of the road is blocked, So the whole entourage moves into the length. In addition, the convoy also chopped up by long traffic signals, But somehow we meet again. The police presence is massive, but only, to maintain order and all in all, quite favorably. After an hour the train was already over.
Whether it does what? According to the organizers were 170’000 People there. According to police, 70’000. The true figure is somewhere in between are according to experience, But the chances are not bad according to, it's really more than 100’000 were. One can only hope, that the movement does not fade away, because the government will next week give permission for the upshift of another reactor. And that is worrying, for thus will you step by step to the back “Normality”. And that is anything but normal.
We have also attached a short video – most frequently heard the following phrases:
再 稼 働 撤回 Saikadō Tekkai – Take back the re-opening
脱 原 発 Datsu-Genpatsu – Get out of nuclear power!
原 発 反 対 Genpatsu Hantai – Against nuclear power!
This afternoon we went to Shibuya to a business meeting. Or to transfer a big check to a charity, the orphanages in the disaster area, among other things operates. I was not alone – The check was the result of cooperation of some major textbook publishers. That are normally in competition with each other properly, But to this end, tearing all together nicely. But I digress. A meeting (there were two) found in the brand spanking new Hikarie place - an interesting building from the station Shibuya, only at the 1. June was opened to house art and commerce. As befits Japan, everything is set up more or less tasteful, and the miserably slow elevators aside, the building is very modern and well thought out.
In the 8. Floor houses the Hikarie the Creative Lounge Mov – that is, according to his own statement “a member system office/lounge designed to encourage those chance encounters between diverse minds” blabla. In other words,: There you can organize business meetings, one has no office or the latter is simply not presentable. Should occur – vor allem in Japan.
A look at the brochure made me wince, but then: Obviously, there is also little room, you can rent monthly - as a substitute, so to speak Hotel. The medium-sized room is proud 3,83 m² (note the second digit after the decimal point!) gross – and costs 115,500 Yen, Also momentan rund 1,150 Euro. 1,150 Euro! For less than 4 Square meter! Well then go for it!
In considering how the times more accurately, this may be useful for some people but in fact: Calculated at one month is significantly cheaper than most hotels in the area, You can spend the night and not central. This can be done at the same site hit even business partners.
The prices for the meeting rooms are actually even more impressive: For a space, in the 12 People fit, you pay 84 Euro - per hour, mind you! This has positive effects may result: One wonders even more so, whether the next meeting is really important and good meetings should be finished after one hour – with results.
The earth quaked just has strong – not as strong as for many weeks more. The center was apparently only a kilometer away from me, in Tokyo oder Westchiba. A first overview of the JMA intensity shows 4 Tokyo Center for, Yokohama, Kawasaki usw.
The quake was not strong enough, to inflict significant damage to (as long as the information is correct about the epicenter), but it was certainly strong enough, to shake up just about every (not really intended as a pun). In this sense,… good night!