I’m sorry for the delay… I’m quite busy at the moment with preparations for my departure and furthermore have to fight a cold (at least I hope it’s just one 😉 ).

Friday is my last day at ALPS and before that I will have to hold a presentation about the internship (what I learned, what I think… and so on). In Japanese of course…

Furthermore there are so many people here I have to say good bye to after work… I think I’ll be busy until next weekend.

Please wait a little more, I’ll upload the Matsushima Pictures asp. 🙂

Until then… さようなら


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pew,  long time no update. I was busy with lots of things during the last month so I didn’t find any time to sort and upload all the pictures I took. I myself am doing fine so far, but I feel sad that the day of my departure is getting closer and closer… well can’t be helped since I have to finish studying quickly and return to Japan for a longer period. Until then I might have to do some smaller vacations 🙂

the end of July and beginning of August were quite a busy time. Hanabi (Fireworks) in Furukawa, then the Summer Festival, Obon and finally Hanabi in Matsushima.

Of course I took loads of pictures, especially from the Hanabi-tournaments in Furukawa and Matsuhima so that it wasn’t easy actually decide on the best ones.
The pictures of Matsushima will have to wait a few more days, but let’s just start with the Hanabi Pictures of Furukawa.

Not the biggest Fireworks I’ve ever seen, but quite a few really nice movtives. The difference to other Fireworks i’ve seen until now that it is really conducted like a tournament, one after another and that you can see every single rocket. (This takes some time though. The Fireworks in Furukawa lasted about 1 1/2 hours)

After the Fireworks followed the Summer Festival in Furukawa (called Tanabata). There are loads of  Tanabata displays, stands where you can buy food or useless stuff, a or two stages where groups show their dances (from traditional Japanese to modern hip-hop-parapara) and loads of pretty girls wearing yukata.

Since the rainy season began pretty late and lasted until August I didn’t had the chance to take any sunset and night-view pictures, but at last here they are.

A collection of the finest Sunset pictures over Furukawa:

And here the Night-view:


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v(^.^)

One thing I can say now, is that you live is definitely shorter in Japan… One week after another passes and before I realized it half of my internship was over… Since I was quite busy at work and didn’t got to new places that were worth taking pictures I also didn’t have much to present. But since it is the Rainy “Season” now (it’s not really special, only a few days rain until now and all of them not in a row) I took some photos in the rain 🙂

Quite heavy rain though 🙂

You can also see pictures of the typical apartments where most of the younger Japanese live. Its basically one long room but with everything you need, like kitchen, bathroom, washing machine, fridge ….In Furukawa they cost about 300-500 euro per month + expenses for gas and electricity. Over all you should be able to live there for about 500-700 euro. Quite expensive you might say… yes, but it’s still cheap compared to an apartment, and really cheap compared to comparable apartments in Tokyo.

And here a few pictures of my second bike-trip to Naruko. Seems to be a tourist spot, especially in the autumn when all the trees become colorful.

This is about 10km west from Naruko. From there on the hills seem to become quite steep, so going any further might require a 2-day trip 🙂 But since my bike starts to disintegrate now I doubt that it’ll survive my internship or the next long bik-trip 🙂


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uuuaa, this feels like sitting in a sauna. I guess the rainy “season” has begun now (apparently it only lasts about 1 or 2 weeks here). It’s not really warm… just 20deg, but it’s wet outside and the humidity should be around 70 or 75% … I can’t imagine how it will feel like after the rain stops and the temp. rise up to 30 deg.

I’ll gonna die….


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Finally I had some time to sort all the pictures I took during the last 4 weeks. Sorry to made you wait.

Well taking pictures is one thing, but picking the best ones and preparing for publication on the website is something else 🙂

But, let’s just start with the oldest pictures I took with my mobile phone. In middle of April we went to Ishinomaki which is the city close to the seaside south from Furukawa. One of my mates (David) was mad enough to take a bath… I guess it was only 10 deg. back there 🙂 The beach wasn’t really clean, and David had a strange smell afterwards. Maybe this will be cleaned before the summer season starts, but to be honest, I don’t think anyone will bath there.

At the beginning of may is golden week in Japan. It’s called that way since there are about 4 holidays in a row (or nearly) plus the weekend, so many Japanese take off to more days and go on vacation or return to their hometowns. We rented a van and went to a beach side close to Mito and Iwaki. To be precise here. We just camped at the beach, had barbecue for 3 days and met 20 other gaijins in Mito on Saturday, that’s what golden week is all about 😀

Next are follwing the pictures I took during my bike trips. In order to get around a bit and do some sports during the weekend, I got myself a mountain bike and went to different directions every weekend.

I started with the south of Furukawa, aiming for the big mountains I can see from here and have still snow on their top. Sadly I had to realize that this is not possible in one day.

The next trip was for the west. I aimed for the mountain that sticked out because of its shape. When I got there I had to realize that this one is used for skiing during winter and there was no way to go up there 🙁 Well at least I found a German restaurant/coffee shop 🙂  (one way 25km)

The next one was a little shorter and went to the north. Nice roads, going up and down and very good for doing some sports, but the strangest view was an old amusement park that hasn’t been used in years. I think going there during night will give you the creeps. It’s definitely haunted! 😀

Last but not least I went to Naruko this weekend. Naruko is famous for it’s Onsens here in this region. I however tackled the mountain and went to Naruko Dam and then to the top of the mountain. Really nice region and great when you like cycling. Well I’m nearly dead now since I had to fight with strong wind and the road went up all the way to Naruko (not much but you could recognize it). The whole trip was about 80km and the way to Naruko took me about 3 1/2 hours because of the wind and the incline. Back to Furukawa only took me about 1 1/2h ^^.

That’s it for now! 🙂
Later!


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