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!
Yesterday, at the 22. More 2012, was the 634 Meter high Tokyo Sky Tree was officially inaugurated – Unfortunately, under very unfavorable conditions, because it was raining all day. This means, the lucky ones, The months in advance tickets for the viewing platforms on 350 and m 451 m did not catch, pretty much did nothing. After the opening of the Tokyo Gate Bridgethus, a second new landmark of Tokyo inaugurated within three months of well-. The baptism of fire emblem already had both the most severe earthquake 11. March 2011 were. Although both buildings were not finished yet, but if known, the constructions put away the earthquake problem.
Tokyo Sky Tree – this is not just the tower itself, but also a great, connected building complex called 東京スカイツリータウン Tokyo Sky Tree Town with a total of 230 000 m² of building space. There are housed a shopping center, a planetarium, and the Sumida-Aquarium すみだ 水族館. The latter is in a giant aquarium, underwater world of the Ogasawara(also: Bonin called)Islands to and should probably be quite impressive - a taste of the news section below provides. In addition to the complex is also still the same to another, new shopping center, called 東京ソラマチ Tokyo Solamachi.
From Tokyo Sky Tree promises to be an invigorating effect on the economy of the surrounding area, and that might arrive too, because numerous Japanese love the tower already. Of course, the tower also brought a few problems with it, but it can be heard – this is typical for Japan – little:
The tower construction site September 2009
- the environment is an old, traditional neighborhood (a typical Old town – shitamachi – Undercity, and the tower is roughly the area from the sleeping tear. That's right. Sure, the land prices to skyrocket (or. this will be done already) and displace many long term residents.
- Snow clumps, falling from the tower (600 m as provide for a proper speed) are a problem for the environment, especially strong winds often prevail here
- The tower is currently disturbs the still of the old Tokyo Tower outgoing radio waves, what are some areas in the north of Tokyo is already noticeable
Here are some trivia on Tokyo Sky Tree. Note especially the speed: From initial concept to full completion were not needed 10 Years, what a project this size is more than remarkable.
The idea for the tower was built 2003
The site was 10 Months later, and chosen more 5 Months later decided
In March 2008 was clear plan of, In June, the MSRP (Environmental Impact Assessment) completed
Construction began in December 2008
The tower is lower triangular and round above
The upper viewing platform on 451.2 m is the second highest in the world (more) – according to the World Financial Center in Shanghai
Japanese people can remember easily, the amount, because 634 man kann Mu-sa-shi (Musashi) read (The old name of the area around Tokyo)
The entrance to the lower platform 350 m costs 2,500 Yen (about 20 Euro)
The entrance to the upper platform 450 m It is available again 1,000 Yen (8 Euro)
For now, it comes up with pre-. By the end of July, the tower is already fully booked
An enterprising Chinese has the name “Tokyo Sky Tree” copyright protection in China can, what was the problem for the shareholders: They subsequently had the Chinese name “東京天空樹”Tokyo Sky Treeimmelsturm) in “Tokyo tower clear skyabout (etwa: Tokyo descend clearance Heaven-Turm) modify - the same goes for the station name
As already here announced, it was this morning at 7:30 a solar eclipse in Tokyo. No total, but a ring-shaped. If hot, It was not really dark, but the light was strangely diffuse. The weather was at least a little with. It was, at least with us, Although cloudy, But sometimes the sun came, or. the, what it was still visible, easily by.
Annular solar eclipse on 21. More 2012 in Tokyo
You have to say almost “well, that it was not cheerful” - A week ago I had seen only once eclipse glasses, never again: Everywhere they were sold out. If it had been completely overcast, I'd have to really annoy me, no glasses or bought earlier. order online to have…
Actually, I wanted to write even more, But better late than too late: At the 21. May it be in Tokyo, a complete (more specifically: ring-shaped) Eclipse give. The umbra moves past it and not close to Tokyo, but really just about it - see map below.
As the shadow comes from the southeast, He crosses almost all of Japan - the core hours are as follows:
All times in the morning, understood. The annular eclipse will take it around your 5 Minutes, if you are in the center is. Incidentally, this eclipse crossed before, Hong Kong and Canton and is thus very, many people are seen. The good thing: Even if it should be clear, a total solar eclipse is noticeable. Also, at the 21. May not forget to get up early!
Visit from their old home is always a good opportunity, To see things in Japan, it has not yet seen. Clear, you should first show places, you yourself already well known. Is the visit, however, for the fourth time to visit, You can open up something new like. For example, the pub in the house. For almost two years I have lived in my current apartment. Together with 10 other tenants (what a strange word) and a pub on the ground floor. In which I had hitherto been unable effectively. But only at the margins.
For two days it went to Tokyo. And I do not mean THE Tokyo, but the other. Is hardly known outside of Japan, that 2 to Tokyo, and subtropical islands and’000 Meter-high mountains are. In other words, many associate with either the Tokyo city center itself OR the entire metropolitan area, Tokyo, including portions of the neighboring Saitama Prefecture, Chiba, Kanagawa, Gunma, Tochigi und Yamanashi. The former is called colloquially the Area 23 (My nijūsan, the 23 -ku-mentioned districts) and officially The Tokyo Metropolitan Area (Tokyo Kubu), the latter 首都圏 Shutoken (Capital Region).
Funicular to Mitake-san
Administratively, there is no way Tokyo. Tokyo – this is actually 東京都 Tōkyō-to. The to-one reads miyako and that means “Capital”. Tokyo is one of the 47Province (TOdōfuken) – 47 Prefectures, and only allowed the Tokyo-to bear on behalf, although Osaka is currently trying, its suffix-TO-FU into a convert. The confusion around Tokyo and Tokyo-to, you can well see in Wikipedia: The page goes on about Tokyo Japanese actually only the name and the fact, when and how Tokyo is classified administratively. There are few links to articles about Tokyo in other languages – including the German main page about Tokyo (Status: Excellent article), But there is no link to the English articles. However you look at the wiki article on Tokyo to Japanese, there are countless languages – including the link to the prefecture of Tokyo in German and English on the link above Tokyo. Clean up on its own initiative because somebody would have to. When I have a lot of time ...
View from the funicular railway station to the village and to the shrine. Here, the cherry blossoms even in early May
Most visitors only see from the above Tokyo 23 -ku and Takao in the Southwest – that belongs to the city 八 王子 Hachioji. But there is still much more to see, and little by little I will even travel to describe this other Tokyo and. So for example 御 岳山 Mitake-san in the northwest of Tokyo to the city 青梅市 Ōme-shi (Literally: “Green Plum”). The journey has been interesting: From the skyscrapers in Shinjuku sea you go with a normal express train in the Chuo line for an hour to Ome. From there it just goes with the Ome Line 20 More minutes to the train station 御 岳 Mitake. The mountains are already beginning to Ome, Mitake and is already in the middle of the mountains on a steep river valley. From there, good 10 Minutes by bus to the funicular station. The former is almost 1 Kilometers long and, through 400 Meters back. And here – and so fast to get from Tokyo to the mountainous juggernaut, deposited over Tokyo 800 Meters. Here it is equal to times the average 7 Degrees colder than “below”.
What is to be up there? Upstairs there is a small village with very, very narrow streets, many hostels (Fortunately, these are all very small, mostly traditional Japanese inns and No huge). The streets and the only access road to the site are so closely, that only Kei-Cars (Easy cars) go up with the special approval must. Flashing lights on the roof seem to be required to be. This is of course very rare in Japan: A place, through which one can walk relatively relaxed, without lights and without the constant worry, lack of sidewalks and traffic safety awareness down to the nearest street corner to the winds to be.
Ehrlich, das ist in Tokyo! And not a museum, only one house!
Mitake is significant because of its shrines. “Mitake” literally means “revered mountain” and the name suggests, that this is a (mostly Shinto) important religious site is. In this case, this is the Musashi Mitake Shrine (Musashi-Mitake Shrine)on the top of 929 Meters high Mitake. The cornerstone was the legend, already 91 set BC, However, this information must be treated with caution. The entrance to the shrine is quite bombastic, mit massif Granittreppen, But the shrine itself is surprisingly small – and finely. Majestic Japanese cypress (hinoki – a Scheinzypressenart) surround the shrine, and are also quite common.
The Musashi-Mitake Shrine. Completely with no people!
From Mitake-san himself from numerous hiking trails go - they lead through dense forests on steep slopes along, with waterfalls here and there. There is also something for everyone here - walks for long walks in the woods up to, challenging routes, the lead in part to a few thousand in the area. In good weather there is the area of even a really good view of Tokyo. This is of course nice day - but much more impressive at night. However, one must move in the winter to Miyake-san, Otherwise, the chances are relatively poor for a clear view.
Mitake-san at the waterfall
Conclusion: Takao is like a Pflichtabstecher from Tokyo, but who has left for another day or to live in Japan, which was a side trip to Miyake-san highly recommended. Incidentally, we stayed in a Japanese inn, called 能 保 利 Nobori. No sooner had we parked our luggage in the room, were the two small children (5 Years and 6? 7? Years). By reserving the children did seem to, I had a 5-year-old daughter with. The was only too happy to – and now raged with the two children of the operator through the entire house. The food there was also quite excellent. In traditional hostels in shrines and temples are mostly vegetarian food – here there were also fish (Brook trout - a rarity in Japan, da kein Meeresfisch) and mussels. Most of the estimated 15 to 20 Vegetarian delights, however, were, and invariably delicious.
The table is covered well - and that's not even half
So, that was about it. In the near future there will be an extra page in my Tokyo-Sektion give. Who more excursions in the western part of Tokyo prefecture has - just tell me!
Entertainment show with dinner: TV does not need to
With great interest I have pursued the Grass-poem and the subsequent reactions. Very exciting, all, but since it's not about Israel but about Japan, I will express myself not to. Similar waves hit this country since yesterday, but observations by the Governor of Tokyo, Ishihara, yesterday at a press conference (or previously?) once had the same idea, that it would be a good thing but, wenn Tokyo-to (Tokyo, the management unit) the 尖 阁 诸岛 Senkaku Islands would buy. Those are in the triangle between Okinawa, Taiwan and the PRC and are currently or. since the 1930s to the prefecture of Okinawa, more specifically to the community in Ishigaki. The island group consists of 5 Islands and 3 Reefs, is generally good 5 Square kilometers and has 0 Population. Up to the nearest inhabited island is around 130 Kilometer. Interestingly, the current ownership: 4 The islands have been the end of the 19. Century for 30 Leased to the contractor Koga years – because without associated conditions. Only 1895 the Japan Islands verleibte an official, after a review of, that the islands belong to anyone other. Koga tried in subsequent years, the islands to open up economically, But lack of water was not very easy task – Agriculture is not just possible. Nevertheless, lived before the 2. World War to 200 Japanese on the island – in the village of Koga. After the war, disappeared people, and Okinawa was administered by the U.S.. According to Japanese sources, then poach the Taiwanese fishing island, disappeared almost all seabirds. To 1968 otherwise no one really interested in the islands - until oil was discovered in the area. Now, suddenly raised Taiwan and the PRC claims to the islands.
1932 Koga's son bought the islands of the State (with the exception of the Taishō Island) from. Nothing has changed to this day: The smallest of the islands (Taishō-Insel) belongs to the Ministry of Finance; the other four islands are privately owned. Since the owners use but the islands are not allowed (access is strictly regulated and normal people can not go there), The government pays rent to the owners of the islands, namely Almost a quarter million € per year (see here).
In recent years there have been incidents, where fishing and even penetrated the military in the economic zone around the Senkaku Islands: For example, at a Incident in September 2010, as a Chinese fishing boat in the Senkaku Islands repeatedly rammed a ship of the Japanese Coast Guard.
The proposal of the right settled, arch-conservative and very popular governor of Tokyo is not stupid: Sun Okinawa no specific objection has been, Tokyo might actually might buy the holders the islands for a few dozen million euros and “care more about the islands”. That would be nothing new – the remote around 1,740 km from Tokyo 沖ノ鳥島 Okinotori-Shima and many other islands belong to Tokyo. But the rather offhand remark about the planned purchase of big wave hits the country (along the lines of “something must of!?”) and of course in China, where resistance immediately suggests. Let's see, what becomes of the idea - and what will happen, Ishihara when really the islands (or. the city of Tokyo) tears.
Traffic display in the station: Red indicates complete standstill, yellow means delay
The storm, which drew almost all of Japan today, it had the capability. There was no typhoon, But there was a typhoon in nothing: It paralyzed the traffic from Kyushu to the north of Tokyo, There were floods, Numerous trees and overturned trucks, at least 3 Dead and hundreds injured. Even in downtown Tokyo were wind speeds up 110 miles per hour measured. All lanes, do not go below ground, Standen still, number of flights were canceled. In Fukui Prefecture, a large stranded, unmanned cargo ship, has broken loose.
Record-breaking season for these? Not quite – as. once in ten years something happens in the spring. This time, warned the people quite well: A lot of companies, also our, sent their people home in the afternoon. I had to 15 Clock unfortunately an important meeting, and my apologies Compared to several times, that there would be no tea, because all the people are already on the way home. Well – after the meeting, it was probably already too late, and so it went back to the office, Ride out the storm. Since I've now been through several typhoons here, I know about, when and where trains which fail. And a little thrill after work doing quite well. So it went in the evening just before 8 Clock to Ebisu Station. As expected, did not drive my line, So it went with the Yamanote loop line to Osaki. The line from there drove – as expected, because almost all the way underground runs (no, no metro!).
Shin-Kiba was called in to change, But of course, did not drive the line, because the line runs from there and always on stilts along the coast. A gentle breeze, and the line represents. Since 14 Clock. So get out of the station and taxi rank. Amazingly, there were waiting only 3 People. The front man, A young Japanese, asks me a matter of course in Japanese, where I am heading. “After Urayasu!” I answer, and he says, beaming “I also! Do we want to share the taxi?”. But like it. 15 Minutes later, we split the bill – 1,300 yen for each. Ultimately, the journey home took it even a little shorter than usual. Is it. Before 9 Clock I was at home. My line was only after 23:30 again to operate on.
Recently, a Japanese visitor, and asked readers understandably, where one can experience as a Japanese visitor in advance of such weather conditions. Now, The JMA (Japan Meteorological Agency) maintains a very comprehensive website on English, and a casual glance it may be very useful for travel planning:
http://www.jma.go.jp / jma / indexe.html
In particular, the following pages are important to: