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  • Day8

    Tokyo: Kōtō

    October 2, 2017 in Japan

    Heute ging es als erstes zur Tokyo Station, um unsere JR-Pässe abzuholen bzw. unsere Voucher gegen das richtige Zickets einzutauschen.Nachdem das erledigt war haben wir gleich den Pass ausprobiert und sind nach Odaiba zur Waterfront City gefahren. Die fahrt dorthin ging über die Rainbow Bridge und unterwegs haben wir noch ein paar Stempel eingesammelt. Als wir an der Haltestelle Diana ausgestiegen waren, haben wir gleich das „Fuji TV Building“ gesehen. Ein paar Meter weiter konnten wir mit tollem Blick auf das Wasser die Rainbow Bridge und die Statue of Liberty bestaunen. Da wir Hunger hatten sind wir dann neben an in Aqua City Odaiba etwas essen gegangen. Mit vollen Mägen haben wir dann den 100¥ Laden Daiso unsicher gemacht und Gachapons geplündert :-). Danach ging es weiter Richtung Diver City Tokyo Plaza. Auf dem weg dorthin hab es ein Oktoberfest, welches allerdings erst Später am Tag geöffnet hatte. Am Plaza angekommen ist uns als erstes die lebensgroße „GUNDAM STATUE“ ins Auge gefallen, Die Statue wurde erst wurde erst ein paar Tage zuvor wieder eröffnet (wegen Renovierung bzw. Erneuerung). In Tokyo City Plaza sind wir dann ein Weilchen Rumgelungert und waren wieder im Daiso und bei unzähligen Greifautomaten, Gachapons und Spielstationen. Der kleine Hunger zwischendurch hat uns zu Subway getrieben. Muss man ja auch mal ausprobiert haben. Als Nachtisch gab es dann 3 leckere kleine Donuts die wir uns draußen auf LED Treppe geteilt haben. Um 19:30 Uhr gab es dann eine Gundas - Show. Teilender Statue sind sogar beweglich. Bei der Show lief auf einer Leinwand ein Manga / Anemie Film und die Statue hat ich dazu „bewegt“ und war verschieden beleuchtet. Das sag schon beeindruckend aus, auch wenn man von dem Kurzfilm kein Wort verstanden hat. Nach der Show haben wir ein kurzen Abstecher zum Oktoberfest gemacht. Es war schon sehr skurril wie die Japaner auf die Lieder einer deutschen Band abgingen. Die Band hat u.a. Lieder von Nena, Falco und Andreas Gabalier gespielt. Nicht gerade die typischen Lieder aus einen Oktoberfest, aber es war interessant sich anzuschauen. Leider hat es zwischenzeitig angefangen leicht zu regnen. Deshalb sind wir schnell nochmal zur Brücke und der Freiheitsstatue gegangen, um noch ein paar Bilder im dunklen zu machen. Da es mittlerweile schon fast 23 Uhr war sind wir zurück in unser Hotel gefahren.Read more

  • Day8

    What to do with reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay that was a former Naval battery? Stick a giant Gundam on it of course!


    Odaiba is symbolic of a very Japanese way of responding to external threats - work out what was the thing that defeated you, adopt it and use it to prepare for next time.

    But first we have to take a slightly circuitous trip into historical context before eventually returning to giant robots. This is a long route, but it means Odaiba makes a bit more sense... eventually...

    It's 1852 and Japan is still ruled by the Tokugawa Shogunate. Their preferred method of dealing with the world is to lock themselves away and play Pokemon all day and never talk to anyone except for the Chinese kid across the street, and the Korean kid next door whom they sometimes have conflicts with over who gets to claim the Pokemon gym on the corner.

    As per normal, the US finds all this fun taking place without them really confronting. Given the most "forgettable" President of US history was President at the time, this may also have been a bit of overcompensating since he sent Commodore Perry to park some gunboats off the coast and shoot off some cannons until the Japanese effectively allowed the US and Europe to play Pokemon.

    This was a bit of a blow to Japanese pride - not to mention their sense of security. If all someone has to do is park a gunboat in Tokyo Bay and they have to agree to whatever demands are made by the weekend warrior in charge of said gunboat, then things are going to get pretty FUBAR pretty quickly for Japan.

    The Japanese response was *really* quick - both by modern standards, but also given the Tokugawa Shogunate who ran the joint at the time were notoriously conservative and dismissive of outside technology.

    But within a year, to counter the threat of future "gunboat diplomacy", the Japanese had built three of their own "unsinkable gunboats" (artificial islands with naval cannons on them) to put up a fight should another bully want to force themselves into their Pokemon games. They built another two more artificial islands a year later. Another one was built a bit later in 1863. Not bad for a pre-industrial feudal society.

    In Japan, where there are no backyards for people to get too possessive over, there also isn't much of a NIMBY brigade to prevent rapid development in response to these kinds of events.

    About 100 years later, the Japanese had another "Perry Moment" in the form of WW2, and the Japanese response also largely took place in Tokyo Bay. Coincidentally enough, it was onboard the USS Missouri parked in Tokyo Bay just like Commodore Perry did where the Japansese signed the official unconditional surrender to terms forced on them by the US at a barrel of a gun.

    in the face of US aggression in the 1850s, Japan responded by imitating the western powers by building bigger guns and claiming colonies. Having realised that colonial imperialism was apparently something only for European nations and the US, Japan once again identified what was the key feature that defeated them the last time around so they could adopt it.

    Japan fielded the biggest naval guns in the Pacific War with the Yamato, the biggest battleship of the war - if you're engaging in gunboat diplomacy, whomever has the biggest gunboat is the most successful right?

    But Japan had lost the war long before the US started dropping nuclear bombs on their cities - and it wasn't the biggest gun that did it, it was the coordinated might of US industrial capacity. The symbol of industrial manufacturing capacity was the "Liberty Ship" - a mass produced freighter that in peak production, only took an average of 42 days for the US to construct. The US got up to producing 3 of these *per day* - far more than the Japanese could sink. With all this carrying capacity, the US could move troops and equipment anywhere - the big guns of the post-Perry period were outmatched by a fleet of tinnies with an esky.

    These Liberty Ships could be constructed so quickly because of the use of innovative mass manufacturing techniques and the use of (shock horror) women in traditional manly man roles - traditional gender roles were swept aside in the name of efficiency.

    So recognising the thing that lost them the war, they adopted these manufacturing concepts in a big way. Not to make guns, but to make manufacturing products that could be *exported* to anywhere in the world.

    This change was reflected in the fate of the former artificial island in Tokyo Bay - the gun emplacements would be dismantled and Tokyo Bay itself would be transformed into a giant trade port and manufacturing hub. The next generation of "unsinkable gunboat" in Tokyo Bay would be a drydock.

    The "daiba" in Odaiba refers to the gun emplacements on the artificial islands, but as the original artificial islands were either connected to the mainland or merged into larger artificial islands, the "daiba" stuck term stuck around and the area in general just became known as Odaiba. Most of the port and manufacturing facilities in Tokyo Bay are on reclaimed land - the Odaiba area is just an artificial island that has been steadily growing for nearly 175 years.

    Japan was pretty darn successful with this method until around the 1990s when they faced their next Perry Moment in the form of the "Lost Decade" - an extended period of economic stagnation following the asset price bubble bursting (technically it was actually about 20 years long, but it's a bit of understated modesty).

    The short and curlies were that Japan got too carried away manufacturing stuff for export, but didn't spend enough time on building a sustainable domestic economy. Plus everyone in Japan lives really long lives while the birth rate is declining - everyone works too much when they are young enough to have kids.

    Once again, Japan looked outwards to work out what the countries without long periods of stagnation were doing that they weren't. One of the common features of countries with larger domestic economies was much more room for cultural and leisure industries - the kind of things that would have been sacrificed in the post war period.

    Basically, busting a gut for the company is all well and good, but you really need to give people some time off to improve their living standards.

    There has also been a realisation of the economics of "soft power" - culture can also be exported, not just manufactured goods.

    So once again, Japan has changed tact in response to a failure, and once again the Odaiba area would be turned into a next generation "unsinkable gunboat". Odaiba has shifted away from manufacturing export goods to being a leisure and cultural hub. This is not just to provide much needed leisure space for the locals, but act as a tourist hub and bastion of one of the most successful cultural exports of Japan - manga.

    Which is where we end up with Odaiba as it is today.

    Liberty: Odaiba Statue of Liberty - you're so vain, you think this statue is about you.

    Japan has a thing about expressing meaning in silence. You can see it in their manga, but it's also in the aesthetics of Japanese gardens, and in their monuments. Japan also likes to take the piss, but most of the time, it flies right over our heads.

    This is why I think the Statue of Liberty in Odaiba is an example of a joint French/Japanese production to troll the US for their lack of historical appreciation.

    France and Japan have had a long history which also extends into animation and horrible coffee. Both France and Japan have a long history with the US which largely extends to conflict and/or cultural appropriation.

    France designed and constructed the Statue of Liberty that resides in New York in 1886. In 1889 the Americans gave Paris one that is only 1/4 the size. Americans also frequently forget the French built the Statue of Liberty and claim it as their own, often wondering why Paris would build a "piece of New York" in Paris as a tourist trap - much to the chagrin of the French.

    This Paris statue was temporarily displayed in Odaiba in 1998 to celebrate the "Year of France in Japan". After the French took their statue back to Paris, it only took the Japanese a year to build a permanent replica of their own which American tourists frequently assume is a little "piece of New York" in Tokyo as a tourist trap - much to the amusement of the Japanese.

    Remember how Odaiba started off as a series of artificial islands created by the Japanese to defend Tokyo Bay against US aggression...? Yeah they totally just teamed up with the French for some high brown humour at US expense only most Americans don't get it because they don't know their own history.

    Personally I think it's also a really subtle reference to those Liberty Ships that both lost Japan WW2, but also provided the template for Japan's recovery afterwards. Layers of meaning in silence - we'll take your Liberty Ships concept and make it far more effective. Also worth noting the Odaiba Statue of Liberty is effectively surrounded by the mainland on three sides, all of which are heavy industry. The side that points out to Tokyo Bay actually faces Odaiba with it's Japanse science and manga museums.

    Gundam: We Welcome our Robot Overlords

    Which leads to the giant robot (Gundam) on the other side of Odaiba.

    This recently got a major upgrade and is much larger/cooler than the older one which was looking a bit daggy. This thing is HUGE since it's a 1:1 replica of what a mecha from the Gundam manga franchise would actually look like in real life. It also periodically moves. Well it doesn't move it's feet, it's more like bits on on it move, but it's still pretty awesome non-the-less.

    The Gundam at Odaiba is a pretty cool contemporary version of the old daiba gun emplacements of old. Instead of cannons on artificial islands defending Japan, it's a giant mecha on an artificial island defending Japan - there't nothing that says Japanese manga more than giant robots.

    Also nearby (ish) is Joypolis, which is a very compact and futuristic video game/amusement park in one building - karoke and watching anime versions of J-Pop boy bands is an attraction here... (?).

    It looks pretty cool - but it's really targeted towards the locals so expect long waiting lines.

    Rainbows: Robots Over the Rainbow

    If you are travelling to Odaiba, I'd recommend taking the Yurikamome line from Shimbashi station near Ginza. It's a fully automated elevated rail with a rather impressive view as it does a rather interesting loop around and over the Rainbow Bridge (Reinbō Burijji). This is the bridge that is frequently in background shots of the Odaiba Statue of Liberty.

    In typical Japanese-ness, each station on the Yurikamome has a different recorded announcer, and eacch announcer is a Japanese actor/celebrity. I have no idea who they are, but Japanese TV seems to consist of 10% Japanese dramas 15% anime, and 75% game shows and talk shows with panels of a dozen or so actors from Japanese dramas and voice actors from Japanese anime, so it actually kinda makes sense...

    Kaiju Collected:

    We got our fortunes predicted in a magic forest thing in Joypolis since it had the shortest queue. It probably should have said "you will spend a lot time in the magic forest trying to get your fortune told".
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  • Day3

    Melting on a man made beach

    July 12, 2016 in Japan

    Travelling on from the fantastic views at Seaside Top I arrived at Odaiba. I was a bit peckish so I stopped off and bought some onigiri to snack on then made my way towards the river. Turns out there is a man made beach there. The weather being as it was, unlike me? I really wanted to find some shade (I was already feeling a bit burnt from my trip around the Imperial Gardens). I managed to find a nice rock under around tree to sit and have my onigiri snacks admiring the view and watching the futuristic waterbus depart.

    After my sit down around the the beach I went in search of the Giant Gundam at Divercity Mall. On the way I met up with a replica Statue of Liberty and passed the Fuji TV building . I found the Gundam and I was so impressed by it. It looked so cool!

    I was still melting(burning) so I went inside the mall to cool off. Had a nose around a few clothes shops thinking I will get a couple of t-shirts...Er no, most of them were size XXS. I guess there's no room for fatties here in Japan haha

    I decided to make my way back to the hotel after that. I was so tired from being in the hot humidity for 8 hours that I ended up falling asleep. I know, boring. My friend tells me Odaiba is beautiful at night time so maybe I can have another trip here if I have time
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  • Day32


    August 29, 2015 in Japan

    ו... חזרה לטוקיו!

    אודאיבה הוא האי העתידני של טוקיו שמכיל הרבה ארכיטקטורה מודרנית עם קריצות למערב (כל כך הרבה מסעדות איטלקיות!).

    מגיעים לשם ב-monorail שנוסע מעל הים (קוווול!) והמקום חי ושוקק גם בלילה אז זה זמן טוב לבקר בו.

    יש להם שם פסל חירות קטן, רובוטריק ענק, מגדל טלוויזיה שלא הבנתי מה מתלהבים ממנו (לא רוצה לבזבז עליו תמונה!) ועוד מקומות שנחמד לצפות בהם כשמסתובבים.

    הפיצה הייתה טעימה :)


    אה, ולבחור הגרמני שהחליט לשאול אותי אם אני גרה פה בשביל לשאול שאלות התמצאות - אתה בטוח שהבחירה בבחורה היחידה בלי עיניים מלוכסנות שמסתובבת עם מפה, נראית מבולבלת ולבושה לא בהתאם למזג האויר היא הבחירה הנכונה?
    ואתה באמת חושב שזה רעיון טוב להמשיך ולשאול אותי שאלות למרות שאמרתי שאני לא גרה פה ושהרגע יצאתי מהרכבת?

    בכלל, המוןןןןן תיירים פונים אלי בשאלות ושואלים אם אני מקומית. גם המון יפנים פונים אלי ביפנית ברחוב (למרות שזה דיי הקטע שלהם פה - אני מדברת אנגלית ובכל זאת עונים לי ביפנית).

    האמת שלרוב אני יודעת לעזור למרות הכל. אולי אני פה כל כך הרבה זמן שכבר הצלחתי להשתלב בנוף ^^
    חייבת להודות שאני דיי מרוצה מהעניין הזה.
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  • Day97

    Odaiba I

    June 15, 2016 in Japan

    Und hier wieder ein paar Eindrücke von Odaiba...

    Im engeren Sinn bezeichnet Odaiba, den zum Tokioter Hauptstadtbezirk Minato gehörenden Nordteil einer künstlich angelegten Insel (Minato-Daiba). Gelegentlich werden aber auch die angrenzenden Stadtteile Aomi (Stadtbezirk Kōtō) im Südosten sowie Higashi-Yashio (Stadtbezirk Shinagawa) mit den Shiokaze- und Higashi-Yashio-Parks im Südwesten dazugezählt. Zusammen mit dem benachbarten Stadtteil Ariake (Stadtbezirk Kōtō) im Nordosten, ebenfalls auf einer künstlichen Insel gelegen, wird dieses Gebiet als Tōkyō Rinkai Fukutoshin (東京臨海副都心, Tokios urbanes Subzentrum an der Seeseite, früher auch als Tōkyō Teleport Town bezeichnet) bezeichnet. Die Rainbow Bridge führt im Nordwesten ins Stadtzentrum (siehe Transport). Vom Tokyo Tower ist Odaiba ca. 4,3 km in Luftlinie entfernt.Read more

  • Day97

    Rainbow Bridge bei Tag

    June 15, 2016 in Japan

    Und hier ein paar Eindrücke der Rainbow Bridge, die das Festland von Tokio mit der Halbinsel Odaiba verbindet. Die Rainbow Bridge hat ihren Namen aufgrund der tollen Farben bei Nacht erhalten. Diese kommen später 😍.

    Die Rainbow Bridge (jap. レインボーブリッジ,Reinbō Burijji) ist eine Hängebrücke über den Hafen von Tokio. Sie befindet sich im nördlichen Teil der Bucht von Tokio und verbindet den Shibaura-Kai mit Odaiba im Stadtbezirk Minato.

    Die Brücke wurde 1993 fertiggestellt und hat eine Gesamtlänge von 798 m bzw. eine Länge von 570 m zwischen den beiden Pfeilern. Der Verkehr wird auf zwei Ebenen befördert. Tagsüber ist es auch möglich, die Brücke zu Fuß zu überqueren. Auf der oberen Ebene führt eine Schnellstraße über die Brücke, auf der unteren Ebene befinden sich die vollautomatische Yurikamome-Bahnlinie, eine normale Straße sowie der Fußweg.
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Daiba, 台場

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