Archive for the 'japan' Category

Saw Koutse in Kanji

Monday, June 9th, 2008

I saw the above version of the syllables kou and tse which sort of make up my last name in Kanji. There seems to be no single TZ. So Tse, which sounds almost like a very short tsy comes rather close. Is this true? Comments appreciated.

Anyways the meaning of the two syllables is NINE SEAS.

The highway to HAI-hell is paved

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008



I am not sure, but it seems that it is forbidden to use a bike on major roads here in Japan. This may get a bit problematic in particular if the bike-lane layout is unfortunate as above, where it is hard to understand why the bus stop had to be made in such a way that the sidewalk got completely squeezed – especially given the fact that if a bus stops it occupies anyways half of the red roadway. It is actually quite easyy to get run over by a bike.

I found an even worse sidewalk/bikelane layout on a trip to the long penninsula which sits in front of Fukuoka (please see map for details). The biketrip there was intended as a refuge into nature – in particular I wanted to have a look at the open sea. But the trip turned out differently -the road to the penninsula’s tip was completely jammed due to heavy excursion traffic, the sidewalk very small and the sidewalk/street complex concealed with fences on both sides so that there was no way to leave the street. Given the heat (no shade) and the smell of the exhausts the biketrip became rather nightmarish.

So instead of having a look at the sea, I took the first exit of the road, which is the seaside park uminonakamichi and visited Marine World instead, which holds a shark (=HAI in german) basin. There was actually a diver in the basin and one wonders what makes people go in there voluntarily.

Some images of the shark basin at Uminonakamichi after the more


candy flower

Friday, May 9th, 2008

After Tim’s berserk-land video post I thought maybe to post some friendly looking flowers. Yep they look bit candy-like as in a crayonbook colour competition, but its actually only the transparancy and saturation which is different, the calour itself is real.



Friday, April 18th, 2008

some images from sakura (cherry blossom) around kashii shrine:


we arrived

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008


We savely arrived in Japan some few more images after the click.


mixed style

Monday, March 24th, 2008
image source wikipedia, license: public domain

Mixing musical styles can have interesting results. Here is a classic rock song with traditional japanese instruments and a little help of a classical (western european style) orthestra: we will rock you. (And there is smoke on the water as well.)
via japan probe.

Sideremark: We once performed Bizets Habanera from the Carmen opera on three chinese Shengs a cello and a clarinet.