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Ueno Park

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    • Day 5

      Frühstück im Ueno Park

      April 19 in Japan ⋅ 🌬 23 °C

      Schön gepennt bis 10 Uhr, das schadet mir Schlechtschläferin nicht. Wetter fantastisch mit teilweise starkem Wind 💨 deswegen heute Natur. Ziel Ueno Park. Schade, dass die 🌸 Kirschblüte vorbei ist. Frühstück aus dem Supermarkt Sushi, Onigiri und was Süsses: Mochi rotebohne 🍓 Erdbeeren und Sahne. Lecker. Ein bisschen Lustwandeln mit Musik ( siehe Video) ❤️❤️❤️ist er nicht bezaubernd?Read more

    • Day 7

      Uenode Food Fes (上野)

      June 2 in Japan

      Toen ik vanmorgen naar het museum liep werd er druk opgebouwd voor een foodfestival.
      Dat was ondertussen druk onderweg inclusief live muziek. Nu waren de dames waarschijnlijk de batterijen van hun gehoorapparaten vergeten of toondoof, maar laten we aardig zijn en de geluidsman de schuld geven. Hun trouwe fans leken het in ieder geval te waarderen.

      Na even rondgekeken te hebben naar de verschillende etenswaren op een stokje was er één stand waar alles er wel lekker uitzag. Bleek alleen dat het vlees allemaal verschillende vormen van tong waren. Dus dan maar naar de stand ernaast. Die hadden gelukkig geen Engelse vertaling dus worst op een stokje is dan ook gewoon alleen dat.

      Bij nader inzien kan het natuurlijk ook stierenl.. zijn geweest maar ik had al afgerekend.
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    • Day 7

      Na me al een paar dagen steeds weer te laten afleiden door allerlei electronica is het culturele aspect van deze reis een beetje op de achtergrond geraakt.

      Daar komt deze morgen verandering in want het is tijd voor een Museum. Met de metro naar Ueno station want daar zitten er een aantal bij elkaar. Gekozen voor het National Museum of Nature and Science want die was het goedkoopst. Ook ik moet nu eenmaal bezuinigingen op cultuur.

      Is natuurlijk niet de echte reden, maar dit heeft gewoon mijn meeste interesse. En het museum is ook weer niet te groot. Heb later vandaag nog een afspraak staan dus prima zo. Voor een verdere indruk verwijs ik iedereen naar mijn prachtige fotoreportage. Hij is met zorg gemaakt. Geen van de modellen is gewond geraakt tijdens de shoot. Ze waren al dood, maar goed.
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    • Day 7

      Letzter Tag in Tokio

      January 24, 2020 in Japan ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

      Mein letzter Tag in Tokio verlief eher ruhig.
      Nach dem Frühstück ging es zu Fuss nochmals Richtung Ueno und Akhibara um durch den Park und the "electric Town" zu flanieren.
      Danach ging es Richtung Shibuya und Shinjuku.
      Auf der Suche nach einem Mittagessen.
      Leider hatte mein Favorisiertes Restaurant "Organic by lapaz" aus nicht geklärten Umständen geschlossen und so wanderte ich weiter durch Shibuya und Shinjuku.
      Das taiyaki von "Taiyaki Hiyaki" vermochte meinen Hunger nicht gänzlich zu stillen.
      In der Takeshita Straße erwartet jedem das volle Programm an Neon, souvenieren und geschmacklosen Tshirts und anderen Kram.

      Nach einer kleinen Verschnaufspause im Hotel ging es am Nachmittag nochmals nach Asakusa um auf der Nakamise Dori zu spazieren.
      Am abend ist es dort sehr schön durch die Beleuchtung und ich musste nochmal auf das ein oder andere einen weiteren Blick werfen.

      Morgen geht's weiter über Nagano nach kanazawa.
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    • Day 3

      Sakura - japanische Kirschblüte

      April 13 in Japan ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

      Die japanische Kirschblüte ist eines der wichtigsten Symbole der japanischen Kultur. Sie steht für Schönheit, Aufbruch und Vergänglichkeit. Die Zeit der Kirschblüte markiert einen Höhepunkt im japanischen Kalender und den Anfang des Frühlings bzw. der warmen Jahreszeit.

      Bei der Sakura geht es vor allem um die Blüten des Yoshino-Kirschbaums und andere in Japan heimischer Kirscharten. Dabei gibt es Karten mit Vorhersagen, von wann bis wann und in welcher Region die Blüte stattfindet.

      In Japan ist es eine der Hauptreisezeiten und in Regionen wo die Kirschblüte stattfindet kann man überall Hanamis sehen. Dies sind treffen von Freunden, Familie oder Kollegen in dafür ausgezeichneten Gebieten bei denen man unter Kirschbäumen sitzt und die Sakura feiert. Natürlich mit Alkohol und bisweilen Volksfest ähnlichen Zuständen.
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    • Day 32

      Ueno Park

      April 1, 2023 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      Es ging zu Fuß durch die Stadt weiter zum Ueno Park. Er wurde 1873 als Japans erster öffentlicher Park gegründet und bietet viele Picknickflächen, verschiedene Museen und Schreine. Zum Park gehört ebenfalls der Shinobazu See, mit seinen typischen Schwanenbooten.

      Hierher sind wir später noch einmal zurückgekehrt.
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    • Day 48

      Natural History Museum and an encounter

      May 1, 2017 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Went to the National Museum of Nature and Science today to see a special exhibition put on by the Natural History Museum. Amongst the exhibits on tour is the fossil of archaeopteryx, which I've heard won't be on show in the UK on its return. I'm really pleased to have seem it, though a little odd to be in Tokyo rather than London!

      It was a good exhibition, covering the history of the Natural History Museum in London as well as the exhibits that have travelled to Tokyo. Seing it here really got me thinking about what it was culturally that supported that era of (mostly) European (many British) gentleman collectors and explorers and the consequent shifts in scientific understanding. Surprising to me was the inclusion of Marie Stopes who was a recognised paleobotanist before her work on birth control. For the first time I wondered how Darwin's explorations were funded. Wikipedia tells me he was a grandson of Josiah Wedgwood, and he married his cousin Emma Wedgwood. I never knew that!

      After lunch and a wander around some of the rest of the museum I decided to look round more of Ueno Park. I'll go back, probably tomorrow, to the Peony Garden, but while I was pondering what to do next I was acosted by a well dressed young woman with pretty good English who asked if she could pray with me. Her energy was friendly, so I asked what religion but couldn't quite understand her answer, but she said it was an energy thing, a bit like yoga and she seemed to indicate the highest 2 chakkras. Up for new experiences I said yes, so she asked me to step off the path ... she said she was a bit embarrassed in public ... then hold my hands a certain way and close my eyes. Well I confess I kept one eye partly open just in case I was about to be jumped by an accomplice. But no, it was all above board. She asked hopefully if I'd felt anything. I wish I could have said yes, and I did try to relax as well as be on alert! Her intention was to purify my spirit, and in a way I think she did 😊 I've since found out, since she recommended visiting the Miho Museum, that she was practicing Shinji Shumeikai. Another interesting Tokyo encounter!
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    • Day 219

      Ueno Zoo + Takeshita-dori Lane + Robots!

      October 26, 2015 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

      So far we are loving Japan - the food, the culture, the landscape, the world class public transport - who wouldn't want to live here!

      Trav has a surprise in store for Suki. Months before we set off on our holiday she was obsessed with seeing Panda's.......even going as far to try and volunteer with them. Finally we're in luck! On loan for a cool $950k/year from China, Ueno Zoo has two Panda's - Shin Shin & Ri Ri which are the main attraction.

      We catch the train and subway to Ueno station.....still oblivious to the surprise, Trav informs Suki of the Panda's and excitement in uncontainable. Housed in their own separate yards (with a hammock and there own deck!) the Panda's seem very chill sitting own leaning against a rock slowly chomping down on bamboo. Trav was impressed. A 2nd visit before we were allowed to leave proved worthwhile as it was feeding time. Being lazy, the zoo keepers dangle down their food (chicken we think?) on massive looking chopsticks just above headheight making the panda walk around like a grizzly!

      It wasn't just the Panda's that stole the show, a giant Polar Bear diving into the water and swimming backwards in his underground pool, an orangutan family with a shy little baby perched on top of the mum who would jump off and run towards his dad before running back, 2 x manly kangaroo's having a crazy boxing match before the boss jumped in and broke it up, and plenty more!

      Next stop was the famous Takeshita-dori Lane - a pedestrian-only street lined with fashion boutiques, cafes and restaurants right next to Harajuku Station. The sun is starting to set and this street is packed with local teens, school kids and the occasional tourist carrying a massive bulky camera. Certainly the trendy part of town, its not uncommon to see kids dressed up in halloween-like superhero costumes or little kids carrying around fairy floss 3 times the size of their head.

      After some yummy octopus balls we line up at one of the many fancy takeaway crepe stores. With up to 110 options (all displayed with immaculate plastic models in the window) it's really hard to choose the right one. We settle for a savoury ham-based crepe and it ok....but nothing to right home about. Time to move on to our next destination so Suki convinces Trav to line up with her for a custard churro - Tokyoite's seem to love waiting in lines for everything - but aleast this one was worth it. Why did we only buy one?!

      A short subway ride to Shinjuku station and we stroll down to the Robot Restuarant. Recommended by Suki's friends and a glowing review on Tripadvisor, were excited as we pick up our tickets and head into the waiting room. Its like we've been teleported back to the 70's with mirrors lining the walls, old school throne link funiture and 5 piece band dressed like robots. This is crazy town but we love. After a few warm-up drinks we get ushered downstairs and we're seated either side a long rectangular room. We've scored possibly the best seats in the house located in the front row!

      The lights fade and the music cranks.....this is not for the faint hearted. Over the next 90mins were treated to a crazy music/dance show with bikini clad tiny japanese chicks dancing, banging drums, and fighting massive remote controlled robots. Seriously, you have to see it to believe it. The performance is well choreographed and it was certainly one of the best shows we've seen!

      Its getting late but we find the time to take a quick walk around the neighbouring Golden Gai district. A cool little part of Tokyo with about 7 streets of tiny bars - each one can hold about 5 people and some have different themes.

      Its been a massive day but we've had such a blast!
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    • Day 1

      Ueno Park

      March 6, 2017 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

      So wo es uns verschlagen hat? Na zum Ueno Park. Dort haben wir uns ein wenig umgeschaut und auch einiges erlebt, aber das seht ihr dann. Wir waren zur Sakura Zeit dort, deswegen der schöne Kirschbaum.

      We were at the Ueno Park in Tokyo. It was nice and we saw a lot of nice places there too. You will see this places in the next print. Look how cute the panda is. 🐼♡
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    • Day 7

      It belongs in a museum!

      April 14, 2018 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      The Tokyo National Museum is in Ueno, which has at least 100 years or so of history as a giant park full of technology exhibitions and displays.

      There are five galleries, but we only actually went into the main building (honkan) which holds the Japanese Gallery. This is a collection of Japanese art across multiple disciplines, metalworking, ceramics, fabrics, painting, sculpture etc. It also includes a rotation of artifacts from the National Treasure Gallery.

      It's all very impressive - all the works from the Shogunate onwards are clearly the very best examples of the most refined works of Japanese art and much of it has an illustrious history being the former belongs of great and powerful people.

      But to be honest, I actually thought the gift shop was the coolest bit!

      You could even buy actual artifacts in it...? I guess when you've got so much history to choose from, you can afford to sell some of it... very large and eclectic range of Japanese style arts and crafts.

      Tokyo National Museum has a cover charge to get into the main area, access to the special exhibits costs extra.

      Observations:

      I'm not sure Indiana Jones has anything Japanese to steal and put in a museum - they already seem to have it. It is a bit of an old school kinda place though - lots of precious items locked away in glass boxes.

      What makes it a bit different to one of our old-school museums though is all the art forms represented are still practiced today. Whereas we tend to create museums to preserve art forms no longer practiced, the Japanese version seems to be more about explaining where their current art forms came from. Everything in the honkan is still actually being made to traditional methods today - there are no "lost" arts here!

      Kaiju Collected: None - the museum has already collected them all.
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    Ueno park, Ueno Park, Parc d'Ueno

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