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Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Shibuya August 25th 2023

Konnichiya, Efter en liten omständig resa in til Shibuya, fick lite hjälp av spärrvakter för att betala och komma rätt. Stiliga - ser ut som kommendörkaptener med välpressade uniformer och stora uniformsmössor. Tänk på det nästa gång du passerar spärren med den extremt trötta på Slussen. Kom fram till mitt kapselhotell, väldigt nära Shibuya crossing. Shibuya är ett område i centrala Tokyo med massor, jag menar massor med shopping och sedan så klart en massa restauranger och barer. Själva korsningen är väl som Tokyos Times Square eller Piccadilly circus. Jag har läst nånstans att varje gång det blir grönt för gångtrafikanter kan det knalla över tretusen pers på samma gång. Galet ju och det där med social distansering funkar ju inte här. Min podd var inte incheckningsbar så jag tog ett varv för att börja bygga ... read more

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Shibuya June 12th 2023

Vor 28 Jahren war ich zum ersten Mal in Japan, als ich im Alter von 20 Jahren vor meinem Sinologiestudium eine 7-wöchige Ostasienreise machte. Das war eine große Aktion und wurde dadurch finanziert, dass ich die Hälfte meines 400 bis 500 DM monatlich hohen Solds als Wehrpflichtiger in diese Reise steckte. Das hätten andere wahrscheinlich nur an den Wochenende versoffen. Damals genau wie heute nutze ich den Japan Rail Pass, der kostenlose Fahrten mit dem Shinkansen und teilweise (wie heute) auch Nahverkehrszüge in den Metropolen erlaubt (aber anscheinend nicht die U-Bahn). Am gestrigen Sonntag gegen Mittag bestieg ich den A 350, der aber mit nur 2 Turbinen - anders als die A 340, A 380 oder Boeing 747, mit denen ich in den letzten Jahren nach Nordamerika oder in den Mittleren Osten flog - einen etwas ... read more
Der Meiji Schrein.
Die Shibuja Kreuzung.
Die Shibuja Kreuzung.

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Shibuya April 25th 2020

When dining with neophytes at a Japanese noodle bar, the question always comes up. What are the various types of noodles, and which one will I like? The short answer, try them all. Or just order what I order! So, basic flour and water, like most pasta, right? But in Japanese noodle cooking, the broth is the key. Stories abound, as some Japanese artisans trace their secret recipes back a century or more. And noodle apprenticeships can last decades! In Japan, there is a fellow who travels around the entire country, doing nothing but reviewing ramen! As I recall, he averages about two bowls of ramen each day. You can find his story in "Rice, Noodle, Fish", a great read for those of you who love Japanese food. I use the book as a reference quite ... read more
Noodle soup
Shirataki noodles
The mighty ramen

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Shibuya November 20th 2018

After a bit of investigation from my lovely colleagues at the airport (it's good to have contacts), I find out my case is currently at Narita airport and has been since yesterday. I'm a bit miffed as to why they haven't delivered it already, especially as my only pair of boots are starting to fall apart on me and I really don't want to have to go out and buy new ones. I'm ruminating over the situation when a second later the room phone rings and I perk up with the hope its good news about my case. I am absolutely ecstatic when she confirms it is, and I practically run down to reception. My good karma for helping a women with her case has paid off lol. I run back up the stairs with the ... read more
Myths of tomorrow murial
Shibuya crossing
Me being all artsy

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Shibuya August 5th 2018

My next day in Tokyo started with a trip on the metro to the Shibuya are of the city. I had previously looked at the map of the metro and determined it was much like a bowl of multicoloured spaghetti and chickened out of doing it by myself so I was happy to be going on the metro with Michie so I could try and understand it. We took the short walk from the hotel to the nearest metro station and set off for Shibuya. We arrived after around 15 minutes and I had a much clearer understanding of how to find my way around the metro station! When you exit the station there is a statue of a dog - Hachikō - I had never heard of this dog, but, he is quite famous in ... read more
Shibuya intersection
Shibuya intersection

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Shibuya May 9th 2018

Our hotel room is on the 30th floor, and the view out to the south over Tokyo is spectacular. What is also obvious from the view is that it's still raining, and it doesn't look overly warm either. We set off towards Shibuya station. We were right about the temperature; I think it might be warmer back in Melbourne right now. It feels like everyone in Tokyo except us has an umbrella, which makes negotiating crowded footpaths a bit challenging. We also see lots of people wearing face masks. We assume they're not all surgeons on their way to a day of heart transplants, so we're not sure whether they're wearing them because they're sick or because they don't want to get sick. I hope it's not the former, because if it is, a significant proportion ... read more
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Nezu Museum Gardens
Issy being silly

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Shibuya May 8th 2018

Our alarm goes off at 5am. The immigration staff at Melbourne Airport are in their usual form, and are ordering everyone around as if they’re primary school children. They are particularly severe on the elderly and anyone whose understanding of English is a bit limited. We arrive at Narita Airport and buy a SIM card for our phone. The girl behind the counter gives it to us very respectfully with two hands and a slight bow. I take it from her with one hand and then quickly remember reading somewhere that when someone gives you something in Japan it must be received with two hands, and that to do otherwise is considered highly disrespectful. I break into a cold sweat, and begin to wonder whether coming to Japan might have been a huge mistake. We’ve spent ... read more

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Shibuya December 25th 2017

Today, our morning started at 8 A.M. where Kate's father drove us from Taishan to Guangzhou. After saying goodbye to the family, I told Kate that we will have to come back to her home if we can every year when we have the holiday break. After getting on the plane at 2:00PM, Kate and I arrived in Japan at 7PM. When we arrived at customs, it took us an hour to get through. By the time we met up with Ralph and our other friends, it was already 11 PM. After a late night we decided to call it an early night. Today, Kate and I woke up and did a quick some quick shopping in the Shibuya market. Surpisingly, there were still people working on Christmas day. We met up with my friends and ... read more
Shoppiny in Shibuya
Sushi in Japan

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Shibuya April 19th 2017

We are hurtling to the airport on the 16.40 Narita Express, Tuesday afternoon in Tokyo blurring by. We missed all this with our late night arrival. The darkness from two weeks ago is filled with city and suburbs. The train line is part of life with no buffer zone between track and buildings to speak of. They don't have the luxury of space we take for granted back home. The houses get bigger and the apartment blocks fewer as we get closer to Narita. Space is still at a premium with car pack stackers still common. Rice paddies and bamboo forests now surround the houses and people go about their daily lives. I see a farmer walking on the ridge between two paddies with his dog in tow and children, finished school for the day are ... read more

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Shibuya April 13th 2017

On the shinkansen from Kyoto to Tokyo today. This train is even faster than the Thunderbird from Kanazawa. Yet still not the fastest. The Japan Rail Pass doesn't allow for using the Nozomi and I can only imagine the standard and speed of those premium trains. The Hikari is going seriously fast! 450kms in 2 hours 40 minutes to Tokyo, with half a dozen stops along the way. And what a way to travel! We collected an array of delicious lunch items from the subterranean department store at Kyoto Station and decide to wing it in the unreserved carraige for our last Shinkansen of the trip. I instruct Milla to weave in between the boarding passengers and get us some good seats together. In her determination she pushes in front of the orderly queue as soon ... read more

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