this is a very short entry, as I just wanted to say: everything is alright.
An earthquake with a magnitude of over 7 hit near Fukushima Prefecture this morning at 6 am and of course everyone’s first thought went to the catastrophes of 2011 where the situation was quite similar.
As you can see in the chart, it was also quite noticeable here in Tokyo. I was still sleeping, and as everyone who ever shared a room with me can confirm: when I sleep nothing will wake me up that easily.
I did open my eyes at some point because this earthquake lasted several minutes. But at no point did I have a feeling of actually being in danger.
At the embassy, everything is business as usual. I’ll keep you guys updated if anything else should occur.
Going to the movies is really expensive in Japan. I’m so glad I brought an international student ID so I can get at least some discount on the usual price… Nonetheless, I previously didn’t even consider going to the movies here in the first place. These days however, I saw a poster that made me change my mind.
Six years ago, during my very first time in Japan, my hostfamily of that time took me to see the first live action movie adaption of the manga “Gantz”. Now, as I mentioned before, I was really into manga at the time, but of that one I had never heard when taking my seat next to my hostsister.
I admit my language skills of that time where absolutely not sufficient at all. The images however really impressed me. The movie plays out a possible afterlife concept, in which the characters have a chance to win their life back. To do that they need to fight – you’ll never guess – alien creatures.
I really enjoyed this mix of science-fiction with philosophical questions about the meaning of life and whether or not it is worth fighting for.
Now, guess what movie poster I saw when passing by the theater… – The series is getting a digital animated reboot in october! 🙂
I start to see a pattern here. Well, I really don’t believe in fate but I’m still going to watch it!
Even while being in Tokyo, I usually can’t wrap my head around just how enormously large this city is.
Yesterday, a colleague at the embassy took me up the Mori Tower in Roppongi, which is 54 stories tall and has an observatory deck on top of that. The view is simply amazing from this far up above.
You can see so far! My colleague was able to point out the different districts of Tokyo and various places for sightseeing for me. I will certainly have to go to some of these.
But besides seeing Tokyo from above, the best indication so far of this citys scale were the clouds. How come?
Now, Duesseldorf is a large city that had me get used to light pollution in no time, but of course it doesn’t even compare to Tokyo with a population of 13,5 million. At night, the lights from the streets, the advertisements and the millions of people in the skyscrapers light up the sky to a nearly unbelievable extend.
As a result, the clouds are clearly illuminated at night, hovering above this city in a kind of spooky fashion, to remind me that this city is just huge.