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127 million people…stranded on a desert island!

March 16, 2008 1 comment

Cut off from civilisation, they have become self-sufficient and created their own strange and fascinating  society…

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A light-signaling system brings about the harmonious coexistence between cars and humans…

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Street life – The reckless wander all over the city

February 23, 2008 Leave a comment

No hindrance can keep them on the straight and narrow…

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Lets just hope he does not turn into roadkill…

Tokyo’s metrosexual street vendors

February 2, 2008 Leave a comment

Even though they are a minority…they stil manage to claim the space they deserve in the Mis-En-Scene of Tokyo.  

From Ueno station down along the Yamnote line towards Akihabara, you find the location of vendor heaven. Ameyoko (アメ横)  a bazaar Asian style, noisy, crowded and cheap!

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But since this is japan, there is some level of class and conduct to it.  Thank god…

Metrosexsual vendors even mange to infiltrate the upmarket shopping district of Ginza. His style and preformance, flawless…and those nicely trimmed bi- and triseps takes him over the edge of perfection.

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In other parts of Tokyo such as Asakusa, you will encounter the more traditional low-key breed of vendors. Selling traditional things….irasshaimase!
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Still a tuch of metrosexualism, love the gladiator sandals…

The eco solution… & feng shui of bicycles!

January 27, 2008 1 comment

Bicycling in Tokyo is a somewhat scary experience. Even parking your bike can be quite a challenge. The does and dont`s  are not something a westerner can figure out just by applying usual feeble western logic.

You can NOT under any circumstance just leave and lock the bike by the sidewalk (it would probably interfere with the desired feng shui) and look messy!

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And  when riding your bike down the sidewalk, It just don`t occur to the pedestrians that a bicycle might HIT an HARM them, or maybe they just did not care. The responsibility is all on you, to steer away from all the people with an subconscious death wish…

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BTW: I did not hit & hurt anyone, but unfortunately committed one quite serious parking-error….shame on me!

Tranquillity, beyond all reason….

January 24, 2008 5 comments

Going for a walk, towards of the rising Tokyo sun, a beautiful blessing! Down the tranquil, silent, clean, trustable and safe streets of Tokyo. A city that treats & respects you like the highly sensitive person you are…

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And, the air was filled with warmth and hotnes too…

Ritalin substitute, the power of pachinko…

January 21, 2008 1 comment

If you feel a bit understimulated, the Pachinko parlor is the place to hang. All your beloved senses will be knocked out and about, for real.

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Your eyes: attacked by intense colors, and silver metal balls falling down…non stop!

Your ears: attacked by euro-dance techno, sound level beyond any reason!

Your fingerspitz gefüle: destroyed by endless slamming at the control buttons!

You`v got to love it…

Statue of liberty, in the land of the not free, but brave!

January 17, 2008 Leave a comment

It came as a minor surprise, to suddenly find myself in front of the statue of liberty.

Tokyo edition:

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After all its not such a bad idea. Its so stressful to travel to the US. Ill rather have it come to me…