day 73: patterns

I enjoy so much the beauty of Japanese drawing of kimonos. I find the real ones you see on the street alright. But the design and patterns you find on drawings are just exquisite.

day 72: best fortune

Some of the shrines in Japan can tell you the future. So does Senso-ji in Tokyo. They even thought of the tourists there and have prophecies in english. You just put 100 yen in a slot, pick a stick with a number on and take your fortune out of a drawer with the correct number. […]

day 71: loose tongue

Tokyo is (in)famous for its jazz and sake bars. Sake bars are supposed to be the few places where individualism gets its place in japanese culture. When people drink their sake they relax and their tongues loosen. That´s when personal talk can take place, when it´s ok to say that something is not going so […]

day 70: 60s movie

Ich sitze im Flugzeug von Seoul nach Tokyo. Neben mir ein Mann, den ich auf Mitte 50 und als Business-Mann einschätze. Macht Sinn, auf einem Flug wie Seoul-Tokyo erwartet man solche Leute und nicht Urlauber. Ich frage: „So where are you from?“ Ich bin fast ein bißchen nervös. Wann spreche ich schon jemals mit Business-Leuten? […]

day 69: walking mass

This is the famous Shibuya crossing in Tokyo. It´s supposed to be the busiest street crossing in the world. Sometimes there are 1000 persons crossing at the same time.

day 68: 2.400 tons

This is Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo. 2.400 tones of fish circulate here every day. In times of news that a lot of fish are becoming rare due to overfishing, this is an horrendous number. The real action is taking place here at 6:00 a.m., when the tuna auction is going on. Bluefin tuna can […]

day 66: air and other chemicals

We´ve all heard it before: Air in China´s big cities is awful. A lot of Chinese put protection on their noses and mouths to filter the air. To know when to put on protection and when not, there is an app, that tells you how dangerous the air actually is that you are breathing. Surprisingly […]

day 65: looking for a job?

You like music? You like to put your aggression out there? You enjoy the attention of others? We got the right job for you here in Suzhou: Hammering the whole day on a steel stick while techno music is blasting next to you. Not only will you have fun, but you´ll be part of our […]

day 64: Marry me!

Is your son or daughter over 30 and still not married – and not showing any signs to do so soon? Don´t worry: Just write name, age, salary and heights of your son/daughter on a paper, stick it to an umbrella and go to Shanghai´s people´s park. Put the umbrella on the ground and sit […]

day 63: Shanghai improv

I was warmly welcomed in Shanghai. Not only could I stay with my fabulous friend Sarah, but I was part in an improv jam in the Shanghai Comedy Club. Yes, finally my international improv career is kicking off… 😉 Watch out for the Shanghai Improv Festival in November! Here you can find some of the […]

day 61: garden day

Suzhou, a small town of about 6 million people, close to Shanghai, is famous for its beautiful gardens. I spent a day in one of them watching people. The garden had a wonderfully slow feeling to it, people sitting down and looking around. Only afterwards when I was looking at my pictures I realized who […]

day 60: open air pants

Finally I got a picture of it: In China hardly any babies wear diapers. They just have open-air-pants. So whenever the babies feel the need, the parents don´t even have to take the babies´s pants off. Very cute.