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Aji Gawa

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  • Day29

    Bracelet

    June 6, 2016 in Japan ⋅

    Jonny the Backpackingman told me about how good it is to ride a bike through Osaka (well, basically a lot of Japanese cities) and so i thought it would be nice to rent a bike from the hostel and just ride around a bit. Jonny also told me about the Nihonbashi district in Osaka, which is basically a smaller version of Akihabara in Tokyo but not less geeky. I decided to bike in the general direction of the Osaka aquarium, a route that would lead me through the Nihonbashi disctrict. I tried to mount my phone to the handlebars of the bike but after a couple of near drops I found it to be wiser to just hold the phone in my hand and set the volume to maximum so i could hear to the spoken commands of my navigation app, which was a bit safer. I soon found out that my biking experience in the Netherlands and more specifically Amsterdam was very useful. Here you basically don't ride on the roads but on the sidewalks where the pedestrians also try to find their way. Apparantly rules and regulations don't apply to bikers. No speed limits or passing each other on the left side. Just make sure you get to your destination as fast as possible without hitting anybody. After a short and steep learning curve and swapping my sunglasses for my regular glasses i quickly found my way through the Osakan traffic. Only to be regurarly stopped by the plethora of traffic lights on every crossroads. One of the downsides of American style city planning with streetgrids. I passed the Nihonbashi district but a lot of shops hadn't opened yet so i pedaled on to the waterfront area. I stopped for a short while to spray myself with sunscreen. The first few days in the blistering sun i forgot to do it and although i didn't get sunburn i started to get this kind of "inverted panda face" look. :-D.
    I got to the waterfront area with the big ferris wheel and the aquarium and got into the little shopping mall to cool down a bit and maybe get something to eat. The mall itself was nothing special but they had a Baskin Robbins ice cream parlor. The 40 different flavours did not make choosing easier but the "Temptation Island" and "Maple syrup something" i chose were pretty good. Although i have no idea what "Temptation Island" should taste like. Coral and sand perhaps?
    Back outside i saw a sign pointing to Mt. Tempozan. At 3.54 meters it's arguably Japans lowest mountain. As posted on Facebook, the climb was cruels, hot and harsh but i made it. Unfortunately several of my sherpa's did not survive the climb, so i had to climb the last 23 centimers on my own. ;-) Only to find several schoolkids in their uniform relaxing on the top.
    The descent went pretty smooth and fast and i pedaled back to the Nihonbashi district where a lot more shops had opened. I parked my bike and checked out the area. There were a lot of shops that sell only one type of item. I found a shop that just sold networking cables. But then in all different shapes, sizes and categories. I found a shop called No.1 Guns and was intrigued. They did not sell real guns but very lifelike BB-guns. These things are so realistic that i'm pretty sure they are not allowed to be sold in the Netherlands. Apparantly they even have play games with these guns. Kind of like a high-tech tag game. I got back in the Amemura district where i met up with Jonny again in the local Starbucks or "the office" as he would call it. We discussed the day and previous night and both decided to take it easy for once. I got back to the hostel with a couple of Highball drinks and after a shower and short nap I got back down to the common room in the hostel where i met David and Chris from New Zealand. My intentions on working on my blog were short lived as we chugged down several beers and talked about whatnot. It was around 1am and i was ready to go to bed when i met Yok from Thailand, a very sweet girl who was traveling through Japan with her brother and sister. We talked for a short while and she ended up giving me a wonderful bracelet her sister designed and her brother made. How sweet! We said goodnight but not before promising to meet up again the next morning before they would leave for the airport. After that i went to bed realizing this was a wonderful day!
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  • Day58

    Kaiyukan

    October 26, 2018 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Da beide Themen sehr eng miteinander verbunden sind, arbeite ich es in einem Post ab. Das Kaiyukan ist eines der größten Aquarien der Welt und befindet sich am Hafen von Osaka. Dort habe ich mich mit Renee aus dem alten Sharehouse getroffen, die zu der Zeit auch in Osaka gewohnt hat. Das Kaiyukan selber ist ein Aquarium, wie so ziemlich jedes andere, also ist zumindest das Konzept nicht wirklich anders. Besonders sind aber natürlich die Fische selber, schon alleine da Japan mitten im Pazifik liegt und nicht ander Ostsee und Nordsee. Auf der anderen Seite sieht man dafür natürlich auch einige der Tiere nicht, die man bei uns durchaus sieht. Wirklich beeindruckende Tiere waren die Walhaie die im größten Becken waren, zusammen mit Rochen und anderen Haiarten. Walhaie sind die größten Haie der Welt, zumindest wenn sie ausgewachsen sind. Die Exemplare im Kaiyukan sind zwar nicht ausgewachsen, aber doch beeindruckend. Nach dem wir damit fertig waren, waren wir jedoch beide etwas erstaunt, wie teuer es ist. Um ehrlich zu sein fühlte es sich nämlich auch nicht so groß an, wie es eigentlich ist. Trotzdem sind die einzelnen Bereiche sehr interessant, zum Beispiel der Flur, der nur Quallen behandelt.

    Because both things are thematically related to each other, I will talk about both in one post. The Kaiyukan is one of the world's largest aquariums and is located near Osaka's port. I went together with Renee from the old sharehouse, since she also lived in Osaka at that time. Since the Kaiyukan is an aquarium, the concept is pretty self-explanatory, except you get to see fish from the pacific ocean, instead of the Baltic or North Sea or the Atlantic Ocean, like you would in Germany. On the other hands fish from beformentioned regions are missing of course. Really impressive animals were the two whalesharks in the biggest basin, the biggest fish of the planet. While the ones in the Kaiyukan are definitely not grown up, they are still very big. After we went through the whole building, we felt that it was quite expensive for the size, because it feels not as big as it probably is. Still there are some very interesting areas, like the floor dedicated to jellyfish.
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Aji Gawa, 安治川

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