小樽 Otaru – Where the Glass Glows

After a small girl waved me goodbye at Sapporo Station, I started my journey back home. My next stop was Otaru which I had passed the previous day. Between Sapporo and Otaru there is a nice and huge cliff in the ocean which I had seen glowing brightly due to the sunshine of the setting sun on the previous day.

In Otaru, there are, interestingly, a lot of chiromancer (i.e. fortune tellers; see. Pictures #12 and #13) although the town is famous for its glass and its hand organ hall (the music there sounds like Harry Potter at times). So, I do not want to be racist by any means with the title; rather, I want to express that this town is renown for its glass studios.

And now, this:

函館 Hakodate – In Japan’s North Star

The stamp shown above is proof that I visited the 五稜郭 Goryōkaku in Hakodate, the only star-shaped fort in Japan, modeled after European forts. Of course, I took photographs there; indeed, I also took photographs of the places I visited before arriving in Hokkaidō. But those photographs went missing in the form of the SD card that they were saved on.

I must have lost the card when changing the battery of my camera in front of the 旧函館区公会堂 Kyū Hakodate Kōkaidō (“Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward”, see below Picture #11) because the SD card was in the same pouch as the battery.

Therefore, there are only photographs that were taken on the second SD card (I changed the cards in the hotel on my way to the public hall). A selection follows.

O Aniki, Where Art Thou?

Something paradox (but to be expected) has happened. I was in Japan for two months, with one of the hopes of being there being able to obtain various information “on location” and writing about it, and yet I haven’t written a single post for this blog in that time.

Now I am back in Germany again and can only write retrospectively about what I have done there. And so it shall be.

Quick Links

For a change of pace here’s a somewhat extensive selection of interesting articles and videos regarding all kinds of things. I hope that everybody will find something to his or her liking!


– In light of current events since it just became a World Cultural Heritage site: a little bit on the history and background on the controversy of 軍艦島 Gunkanjima (“battleship island”).

Who ever wanted to call a 3.8 meter high and 5 tons heavy robot his own… Currently sold out, but it was recently priced at 120 Mil. Yen (ca. 970,000 USD). A Video:

Fuji am Meer

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Der Versuch, den 富士山 Fujisan ein wenig ungewöhnlicher in Szene zu setzen, mündete in diesem Bild. Entstanden ist es am 4. Januar in 静岡 Shizuoka, als ich am letzten Tag meiner ersten Fünf-Tages-All-You-Can-Bahnfahr-Ticket-Tour eine der 100 schönsten Landschaften Japans besucht habe, 日本平 Nihondaira.

Vor dem an diesem Ort typischen Fujibild konnte ich mich allerdings auch nicht abhalten, denn die Aussicht war zugegebenermaßen sehr beeindruckend und außerordentlich für mich, der ich diesen Anblick – so glaube ich – noch nicht in natura gesehen habe: