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Aichi

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  • Day120

    Sumo Ringen in Nagoya

    July 13 in Japan

    Um 05h30 klingelt der Wecker, da wir uns um 6h30 am Ticketschalter der Sumo Arena anstellen müssen, um hoffentlich letzte Tagestickets zu ergattern. Und tatsächlich ist das Glück auf unserer Seite. 🎟 👏🏽
    Da morgens jedoch die junioren Sumo Kämpfer starten, flitzen wir zurück ins Hotel, hauen uns nochmal auf‘s Ohr, und gehen mittags in Ruhe, aber dieses Mal zur Abwechslung Indisch, essen. 🥘 Geschmacksexplosion! 🤪

    Um 13h beobachten wir hautnah den Einzug der senioren Schwergewichte in die Tunierhalle. Maggis liebste Erinnerung an die nahe Begegnung mit den sanften Riesen: „DIE RIIIIECHEN SOOO GUUUT!!“ 😻 Wo man dicke, schwitzige und stinkige Männer erwartet, wird man mit einem wohlriechenden Duft überrascht, den die frisch eingeölten Herren beim Vorbeiwatscheln in ihren irgendwie immer viel zu kleinen Holz-Flip-Flops versprühen. (Den Fachterminus für diese typisch japanischen Holz-Flip -Flop-Klocks müssen wir nochmal raussuchen.) 😉

    Um so später der Tag, desto hochkarätiger die Ringer und spektakulärer die Duelle. Schon witzig, wie sich die Sumo Kämpfer mit ihren blanken, dicken Popöchen im Ring präsentieren, wie gelenkig sie sind und sogar muskulös unter ihren „schweren Knochen“ wirken. Auch bei diesem Sport gibt es vor lauter Aufregung Fehlstarts. Und zu unserer grossen Überraschung scheinen fast immer die kleineren, flinkeren Ringer im Duell zwischen „David und Goliath“ zu gewinnen. Und wer dachte, dass Japaner ein leises, devotes Volk sind, wird hier eine andere Seite von ihnen kennenlernen. Sie feuern ihre Stars so lauthals an, wie wir es aus unseren Stadien gewohnt sind, fiebern richtig mit, und schmeissen sogar ihre Sitzkissen in den Ring, wenn ein grosser Favorit das Publikum enttäuscht. Es war wirklich cool, diese Emotionen eines sonst so zurückhaltenden Volks zu beobachten!

    Abends geht‘s mit dem Shinkansen für eine letzte Nacht nach Tokyo. Extra haben wir uns in einem Kapselhotel eingebucht (einer sehr luxuriösen Variante davon inkl. Onsen), um das einfach auch mal erlebt zu haben, wie es sich getrennt auf 2 qm Privatsphäre schläft. (Leider) kommen wir gar nicht in den Genuss in den Kapseln zu pennen, da wir Sébs Kumpel „Big Rajesh“ aus seiner Indian Connection aus Düsseldorf auf 1, 2, 9 Drinks in Tokyos Nightlife antreffen und das Ganze dann so ausartet, dass wir bei ein bissl Bar Hopping die Nacht durchmachen. Danach bleibt nur noch Zeit, um unsere 7 Sachen zu packen und (im Onsen) erfrischt, aber todmüde, in Richtung Flughafen aufzubrechen. Bangkok wir kommen - schon jetzt hang over und mit Augenringen. 😎🤣😜

    Fazit Japan: Wir haben schon viele verblüffte Worte über dieses Land verloren. Daher fassen wir uns im Fazit kurz bzgl. unserer Top 10 Highlights: Manga. 👍🏽 Tempel. 👍🏽 Fuji & Kawaguchiko. 👍🏽 Udon Nudeln & Okonomiyaki. 👍🏽 Auf‘m Boden sitzen, auf‘m Boden schlafen. 👍🏽 Wohlriechende Sumo Ringer. 👍🏽 Blitzeblank. 👍🏽 Hightech Toiletten. 👍🏽 Nintendo Land. 👍🏽 Shinkansen-Bentobox-Kombo. 👍🏽
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  • Day27

    Hashima, Gifu

    April 9, 2017 in Japan

    I went to Komeda Coffee Shop. Like in many other coffee shops around Aichi and Gifu, you just have to order a coffee and get some breakfast for free :) After that I ate lots at a Strawberry Picking and even made sushi with my friends... definitely enough food for one day :)

  • Day286

    Christmas in Japan

    December 24, 2017 in Japan

    I tried to spend a typical Christmas day in Japan. I went to KFC to eat chicken (was super busy here), at Christmas cake a nice bakery and even had Stollen-Latte. We not even have this flavour in German coffee shops ;)
    Merry Christmas to everyone! Enjoy the time, wherever you are!

  • Day10

    Nagoya castle

    July 20 in Japan

    We had a quiet final morning in Tsumago with a walk in town after breakfast, then took the train to Nagoya.

    Nagoya Castle was badly damaged in WWII and is being restored, so it's not open. But a 17th century palace that was in the castle grounds has been restored, and it's absolutely beautiful.

  • Day10

    Grand Sumo in Nagoya

    July 20 in Japan

    After the castle we made our way over to the Dolphin Stadium for the quarterly Sumo competition. It goes on all day for two weeks, we caught it on day 13. The matches are in order of rank, from the lowest ones in the morning to the highest at the end of the day, and the higher ranked wrestlers are on the last few days.

    We found our seats in the last row (these sell out as soon as they go on sale) and we were fortunate to have a very sweet retired English teacher seated next to us. She told us it was her first tournament as well, and that she had won her ticket in the newspaper. She still practices English when she can, and for fun she is learning German, French and Russian. She nornally watches the matches on TV, and sure enough there was a big bank of cameras and a press box to our left.

    The matches last about 5 minutes, about 10 seconds of which is actual wrestling. At the beginning of each match the wrestlers' names are sung out by a man in a kimono, then men with flags of companies awarding prizes walk around the ring. The more flags there are, the more prestigious the match. Then there is a lot of stretching and salt throwing (to purify the ring) and squatting as though they are ready to start and then getting back up again. The whole thing requires a lot of patience from the audience, which the Japanese seem to have in abundance.

    Once they actually start, this is a huge burst of energy followed immediately by a massive collision, which is incredibly exciting to watch. I like it a lot better than I thought I would! They tangle and push each other until one of them steps out of the ring or puts something other than a foot on the floor.

    The Japanese politely call out the name of the wrestler to cheer for them, and clap loudly at the end of each match. We stayed for about 2 hours and felt like we saw plenty.
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  • Day9

    Gamagori Going Going Gone

    April 16 in Japan

    Playing photo-wackamole on the Shinkansen between Tokyo and Nagoya. Everything moves so fast, photo opportunities are a bit random.

    Observations:

    You are never really far away from the urban sprawl of the next city or factory. Even "rural" areas are just lots of teeny tiny plots you could (and probably are) manage by hand surrounded by teeny tiny villages of teeny tiny houses. But there are also lots of tiny plots of forest as well.

    The fascination with cute seems to extend to housing since all of them look so compact - no room for giant backyards that never get used....

    Kaiju Collected:

    A lot of photos of walls and blurry bits were caught and released.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Aichi-ken, Aichi, 愛知県, 아이치 현

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