30 Oktober 2007
Visitors from Kitakami
It was so nice to see them; we plan to meet again on sunday at the airport, when they check in for their flight back to Japan. Infortunately, their trip doesn't include any time to be spent in Frankfurt.
And here 's how other Japanese get ready to travel in foreign countries, where they will have to communicate in english.
27 Oktober 2007
25 Oktober 2007
Pre sleep ritual
All those four japanese automatic children song books - you press the button, the book sings by itself, and we (that is, I) sing along. I thought they were quite silly when I bought them, but now I really enjoy them - and thanks to them, I know the 25 most important japanese children songs almost by heart.
23 Oktober 2007
Culinary trip to Japan
21 Oktober 2007
It's getting cold out there
17 Oktober 2007
16 Oktober 2007
Situated in the Frankfurt banking center, the Japan Center is not the highest, but surely one of the most elegant skyscrapers in town.
15 Oktober 2007
12 Oktober 2007
Skyscrapers in the sun
There are so nice alternatives to move around here, though.
11 Oktober 2007
Futuristic tea house
Frankfurt has a famous new japanese teahouse, built by the architecte Kengo Kuma. It's located in the garden of the Museum of Applied Art, looks like a strangely shaped golf ball - and is inflatable! If there's no tea ceremony, they just deflate it and it's almost invisible.
When we arrived, tea ceremony was just being held:
Kyou no obento
07 Oktober 2007
We too, and were rewarded with some very nice and very cheap japanese children books. I would have bought more, but after waiting in line such a long time, Jakob was eager to get outside and eat his bento, meanwhile bought by Thomas.
But the thief was quick enough to get away with the bike, and Thomas got the short end of the stick, looking at the empty bicycle stand, incredible. Well, that's Germany, too - as there are lots of fancy and expensive bikes, theft is widespread, and many people now fix their bikes with two big locks.
The new bike will be delivered only tomorrow; meanwhile, Thomas is using the racing bike he brought from Japan - not very suitable for the child seat.
I am lucky enough to own my bike (the black one below) now for more than three months; probably it's not fancy enough, just a mama bike. And, yes, I use a very big and heavy U-lock.
And no thief probably will touch that nice red bicycle - to common.
Many people don't buy their own bike anymore. They use the call a bike-service offered by the german railway in most big towns in Germany: You just have to register once, then you get access to a fleet of quite good high-tech bikes spread all around the city, bookable instantly, by mobile phone. For 6 or 8 cent a minute, and if you want to use it the whole day, 15 Euro.
But Thomas is still grief-stricken, repeating that he's going back to Japan, where things like bycicle theft will never happen!