Shirahama – Wakayama Pref.

Deutsche Version:

Wie bereits angekündigt ist hier der Beitrag zu Shirahama. Zwei weitere Artikel die während meines Besuches entstanden sind, werden in den nächsten zwei Wochen noch folgen, sehr wahrscheinlich immer gegen Wochenende. Ansonsten werde ich im September auch den One Piece Tokyo Tower besichtigen gehen, sowie das Ghibli Museum, wofür ich beides bisher keine Geld hatte. Dazu kommen noch die zuvor angesprochenen zwei Kinofilme und dann reicht das auch fürs Erste, bis ich dann für zwei Monate komplett von der Aussenwelt abgeschnitten sein werde :D. Bis nächste Woche!

English Version:

Still on my way (or better right at the start) with my Friend from Germany and her 5 years old daughter, did we make our way down to Shirahama in Wakayama Prefecture. East of Oosaka and Kyoto. Originally we planned to do some free camping about half way to Shirahama, from Nagoya coming, but because we were quite late, transportation proofed to be a problem to reach our destination before nightfall. Hence we decided to take the train to Shirahama instead, a destination we wanted to go to anyway. Because of our ever changing plans we reached the station quite late, when the night already spanned over the sky. It was about 8pm when we arrived. Additionally we missed our bus and the next one would depart one hour from then. So we had some time to spent. Unfortunately there was no conbini or Supermarket around, just some buildings and behind there a huge nothingness.
We haven’t had a place to stay yet, but what we wanted was to camp outside, if possible for free. So I looked for a map of the area and managed to find a campsite, which is not far from a bus station. It was decided then. Eventually we arrived somewhat around 10 pm. and discovered that it was more like a car campsite. There where only two tenants, so we asked them about the reception, but they said it was already closed and we could pay the next day. We looked for a nice spot to lay down for and prepared ourselves. The weather was really hot the whole day over, and even during the night, the heat didn’t fade away. But at least we somehow reached our destination =).
The night was horrible to begin with. Not just was the heat unbearable inside our sleeping bags, we literally sweated an ocean inside, but also were there heaps of mossquitos, which wouldn’t give you peace of mind or just a 5 minutes break. No, they were merciless and stung as often as they could. If all comes together, I probably slept for about 2 hours the most.

Next day, we packed our stuff and were eager to see the beach and skip into the ocean. So we parked our backpacks under the roof of a small dining hut, right next to the campsite and fucked off to the beach. There was no one who we could ask about our stuff, so we just left it there, for the next hours to come. From there on down to the beach, it took about 10 to 15 minutes. And even from afar we could see why this area is named Shirahama (white beach). First duty was to buy some ice cream for the three of us, and after we ate it, the warm water awaited us. Especially our little girl had quite some fun and I was surprised on how enduring she was until then. She even managed to get some rest and sleep during this horrendous night^^. Besides swimming (there were also school classes who had swim lessons at the beach) we played Frisbee and had a good rest.
After some hours I went off to look for an alternative stay for the night. We weren’t very keen to spent another night under the open sky (though we ended up not paying anything^^). Hence I went back to where our stuff was and discovered that the diner staff took it inside to keep it safe from the rain. This is something you’re probably only able to experience in Japan. You can leave your luggage almost everywhere and you’ll find it at the same spot hours after. I asked the lady, if she knew some affordable accomodation around here, which would also host children. After some calling, the only good spot she recommended to me, was the Hotel right next to the campsite (in fact does the campsite belong to them too^^).
In the end we decided to go there, but also discovered two small huts outside the Hotel. They would be 10.000 Yen per night (around 85 Euro), 5.000 each, while a night in the Hotel itself pays for 4.000 Yen. Despite the high costs, we decided to stay in the small hut anyway. It was just one room, but a nice one and for one night plenty off space to begin with. Toilet and bath were inside the Hotel, addiotionally we received free entry to the Onsen, which we happily accepted and had it all for ourselves. We definitely slept way better than the night before and on the next morning after check out, took the Bus to the station, from where a train to Kyoto should depart. As we wanted to pay for our tickets we were told that no train would leave Shirahama, because some flooding happaned along the line. We were in the middle of the rainy season, so it didn’t surprise me, but it messed up with our plans nevertheless. I tried to find an alternative, like a bus to Kyoto, but in the middle of negotiating a JR Staff Member came to me and told me about a free shuttle Bus to the next possible train station from where we would have a safe connection to Kyoto. Great! Good that we didn’t buy our tickets beforehand, we saved around 1.200 Yen (which is about 10 Euro)! Nevertheless did it take around 4 hours until we made it to Kyoto, and unfortunately I was a bit careless in terms of booking a hostel in advance. But this is another tale and will be told on a different occasion. The blog post concerning Kyoto will follow next Sunday. Till then!

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Kinobesuch #3 – Kimi no Na wa

Heute ein ganz besonderes Schmankerl, auf das ich mich seit Monaten gefreut habe! Heute war der Eröffnungstag zum neuen Kinofilm von Makoto Shinkai! Yihaaa~! Wie sehr mir der Film gefallen hat und weitere Infos findet ihr unter diesem Link!

Damit bin ich jetzt schon öfter in Japan im Kino gewesen, als die letzten 3 Jahre zusammen gerechnet^^. Und weitere Gänge werden folgen und das auch schon recht Zeitnah! Am 10. September kommt der Live Action Film zu Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April) heraus, dessen Anime ich vor kurzem erst geschaut habe und mich total begeistert zurückliess. Im Gegensatz zu anderen Live Action Adaptionen halte ich es diesmal sogar für möglich, dass ich total überzeugt werde. Der Trailer ist zumindest sehr vielversprechend. Beim Ende des Animes kamen mir sogar die Tränen, da hoffe ich, dass der Film das Gefühl ähnlich gut rüberbringt.
Am 17. September wiederum kommt der Anime Film zu Koe no Katachi heraus. Die Serie ist mir nur beiläufig mal im Buchladen aufgefallen, ohne sie jetzt aber zu kennen. Dennoch gefiel mir der Trailer ausgesprochen gut, weshalb ich da mal jungfräulich rangehen werde, was sonst weniger bei mir der Fall ist :). Da kommt also noch ein bisschen was auf mich zu! Ich freu mich tierisch drauf =).

Da ich letzte Woche nicht viel Zeit hatte, folgt der nächste reguläre Blogeintrag am Sonntag dieser Woche, da ich dann wieder einen freien Tag habe *grrrr*, so wie heute übrigens auch… Naja, hat auch alles seine guten Seiten :D.

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Reisen mit Kind / Traveling with a child

Deutsche Version:

Hier der Beitrag zum Thema mit einigen nützlichen Tips und Erfahrungen =). So langsam denke ich dann auch an die bald bevorstehende 2-monatige Pilgerung. Dazu habe ich mir gedacht, nur das allernötigste einzupacken, was aufgrund der immensen Distanz durchaus ratsam ist. Mir schwebt da ein ähnliches Gepäck, wie zur Besteigung des Fuji vor, maximal 12 kg. Darunter natürlich hauptsächlich Klamotten. Demzufolge werde ich auch mein Netbook zurücklassen, da ich ihn sowieso nicht großartig nutzen werden kann. Das wiederum bedeutet, dass ich zum Rest der Welt und zu den Nachrichten generell keinen Kontakt haben werde, was ultra interessant werden wird. Der Fokus liegt dann wahrlich einzig und allein auf mich und die Bekanntschaften die ich mache. Ein vollkommenes eintauchen in mein inneres und die Umgebung. Bin gespannt mit welchen Erkenntnissen ich dabei herauskomme!
Derzeit spiele ich noch mit dem Gedanken, davor eine Woche nach Nagano zu düsen um mir im Herbst ein wenig die Region anzuschauen bevor dort alles unterm Schnee begraben liegt. Alternativ würde ich es anschließend machen, jedoch reizt mich ein buntbelaubter Wald mehr als ein kahler im Schnee versunkener. Ich liebe Schnee, aber der steht für Hokkaido auf dem Plan und da ich in Neuseeland keinen wirklich bunten Herbst hatte, wäre das mal was schönes =). Zugegeben wird es sicher auf Shikoku noch genügend Möglichkeiten geben, den Herbst in vollen Zügen zu genießen. Mal schauen =).

English Version:

Traveling with a child – a 5 year old – was the first experience of its kind for me. Not a bad one by any means, but totally new anyhow.
My collegue from University paid me a visit almost 6 weeks ago, together with her daughter. We should travel throughout half of Japan as I previously wrote. My picture of kids up till then was usually one sided negativly, though I’m not quite sure why, for I never had bad experiences with kids. I though it might get really trouble- and tiresome, but in the end it was a real great experience, which is because she is very good educated and has a open mind and puts almost neverending trust and faith in her mother and that everyting will work out – somehow – in the end =). That said, I was already really astonished as I met them in Nagoya. I came from Tokyo, taking the Bus, while they waited near the station for some hours already. 32°C in the shades, burning sun, and a total new environment with strangers all around after a 12 hours flight + several waiting hours in Helsinki might be really harsh on a child, but as I met them it surprised me to see her really energetic and grinning all over her face, despite sweating as hell. And in fact, it was her who always calmed down her mother, not the other way around^^. I found it quite amusing but also very cute :D.

If your child is below 6 years old, you’ll meet a lot of conveniences regarding travelling. The biggest plus is the transportation which usually eats up the biggest chunk of your money, especially when using the train network of Japan. If you carry the Japan Rail Pass, which is very recommendable, your child (under 6 years of age) is allowed to ride for free in all trains, even the Shinkansen! But even without the pass this rule is valid throughout Japan in every train we’ve been on. For children in the age between 6 and 10, half of the respected fare is to be paid, while kids from 10+ need to pay the whole amount, if I’m not wrong on that.
The situation for the buses is a bit different. Usually you pay half the fare of an adult, but if you take your child on your lap during the whole ride (meaning, that you do not occupy a seat), you do not need to pay the price. This concerns long distance buses and/or night buses, where there is a limited offer on rides anyway. If you do not have the JR Pass, or going to use it later on, Buses are the cheapest transportation method in Japan, but still expensive (if you do not hitchhike that is^^). In city buses – as far as I remember – the same rules apply as to the traintickets. Meaning childs below 6 do not pay a single Yen. Same goes for the subway and tram services. That said it is advisable to visit Japan with a child below 6 years of age, however, is it also important to find accomodation where we encountered some hardships. If you – as we do – travel on a budget, it can become hard and frustrating to find some affordable stay for the night. About 50% of the contacted Hostel would host children at all. Some of them but only children who are at least 10 years of age.
If you’re lucky and find a Hostel which is willing to host kids, then, in most cases, you would be required to take a single/or double room. Something private at least. I can totally understand and see the reason, for no one wants a crying or loud child in a dorm room. Nevertheless is a single/double room in a Hostel much more expensive than a dorm. If your mom and dad, you can split the costs, which is a bit more effective. We stayed in 4 Hostels which would allow children in a dorm room, which I hereby dearly recommend.
The first one was the Wasabi Hostel in Nagoya, with its capsule like beds. Big plus for families: There is the option to lift the seperating wall bewetten two capsule beds, hence a family can sleep together instead of seperated. The Hostel is very hidden and we struggled to find it actually, but the stay was really good. For the orientation, it’s located in front of the Train Station, in one of the side roads.
Another one is the Beppu Guesthouse, a 3 min walk from the train Station and my former workplace. Depsite the rather simple character of the Hostel the dorm rooms are 4 to 6 bed size and cheap. 1.700 Yen per night, and you can take your child into the dorm room. At least we could =).
The third one is the Ace-Inn Shinjuku. They also provide capsule-style Beds in their dorm, but a bit more high class ones, hence the price is quite expensive. For 3.240 Yen per Person and Night you can rent one of these cosy capsules. The child can sleep (as in all of the Hostels by the way, for free, if it sleeps together with one of the parents in one bed.). All the staff speaks english, which is not the case for the above mentioned Hostels. They speak enough english to check you in and also give some advices but not enough for descent conversations.
Last but not least is the space riverhouse Hostel in Nikko. Among all of them my favourite, despite being the most expensive one. 4.000 Yen for one night in the dorm (children no problem). It’s run by an american all on his own. There is a free shuttle service and also free and handmade breakfast (if you stay for at least two nights). The most delicious one I’ve ever eaten, honestly. He makes it all by himself, Pancakes for example. awesome scrambled eggs with bacon and french toast. On each moring one of these dishes. It was really fantastic. Moreover, the landscape, and even the house itself are beautiful. The furniture is made out of tree trunks, tree roots, and is really smooth. It is a real eyesight. Despite being a bit far off of Nikko Station, there is the free Shuttle which brings you to Nikko Station. Scott (the owner) knows all about the region and can help you with all of your pleas.

For other stays wer always had to take single or double rooms. On average we paid around 4.000 per Person (not including the child, for she did sleep for free than).

Trvaeling with both of them was really entertaining and a good experience for myself. If I ever become a father, I wish to be one as good as my friend is a mother. If there are any more questions about traveling with children in Japan, I’m open to any question. One advice for the end. You should always plan ahead and reserve a room/bed as soon as possible. Especially in the season and the big cities all the Hostels can be fully booked easily. We had a hard time in Kyoto for example. The fourth Hostel took us in, after 3 refusels. So be prepared!

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Fujisan (富士山)

Deutsche Version:

Am 5ten August bin ich, wie zuvor angedroht, auf den Weg gegangen den Fuji zu besteigen. Dieses 3.776 m hohe Gemächt ist dann auch schonmal ne Hausnummer und ob ichs wirklich geschafft habe und was mir unterwegs alles passiert ist könnt ihr ohne weitere Spoiler hier nachlesen, samt erneut schöner Bilder. Die nächsten folgenden Beiträge werden über Shirahama, Kyoto und Nara und dem Reisen mit Kind sein. In welcher Reihenfolge ist noch offen, aber prinzipiell auch nicht so wichtig. Wird dann im Laufe der nächsten 3 Wochen veröffentlicht =).
Am Mittwoch ist der erste Zahltag und das erwartete Auskommen sieht ganz gut aus! Das heißt ich kann dann im August irgendwann auch mal das Ghibli Museum und den One Piece Tower (Ausstellung zu One Piece im Tokyo Tower) von meiner To-Do-Liste streichen! Bis demnächst =).

English Version:

Alright fellows, a long since schemed plan became reality! Ever since before I came to Japan, I wanted to climb the Fuji (3.776 m) on a certain date, the date before my birthday to see the sunrise on my 27th nameday. Originally I didn’t want to do it alone, but with a jap. friend of mine, who lives in Yokohama, or rather lived. He got a new job and had to move to Fukuoka at the beginning of this week, rather bad timing unfortunately, but shit happens and I had to do it alone. After all am I not able to delay my date of birth, and it had to be this specific day^^.
However, because of the uncertain circumstances during the last 3 weeks regarding job hunting and my remaining time in Japan, I could start planning only a week ago, when I secured my position here. The first thing I asked my future employer was, if I could get two days off for the 5th and 6th of August^^. There is kinda the rule, everybody should follow, especially when it’s about a all or nothing Job opportunity. One that decides the future of your entire Japan stay. One that is very important for me – and that is to never state demands, while being in the process of selection, hehe. But I did, and framed it as a favor or a „If possible…“ thing. But he didn’t even objected or had second thoughts, just made notes that I would have the days off. I was impressed and also very thankful, for the chance I got! I promised to work everyday then, which I can easily fulfil, because I need the money ^^. However do I get along with everyone greatly and I love my job!
So I had to decide for the route which I would take. Japan-guide.com is a highly recommendable source, which has basically everything of value concerning travelling Japan. Even bus Timetabels and how to get there the cheapest coming from various directions for Fujisan were available. It saves so much energy and time to look for information. So if you do anything in Japan, check out this site!
There are 4 routes in total up to the summit of the Mountain, he most prominent for people from Tokyo is the one leading from Kawaguchiko, which is a no-Go for me. I know that I won’t be alone on the track, but the least I wanted is to follow a flock and adapt to a specific pace. I wanted to chose my own pace and be as independent as possible. Hence I chose the route with the least visitors, namely the Gotemba trail. The cause can be seen in the distance to the summit. While the other Trail beginnings vary between 2.000 and 2.400 m (respectivly the 5th Station which is accessable by bus) in altidtude, does the Gotemba Trail start off at an elavation of a mere 1.440 m. Another reason to chose this track, to be able to walk a longer way =). The third reason will be revealed about the end of this blogpost :P.
From Shinjuku then, I took the Odakyu Line for 780 Yen to Shin Matsuda, and from there on (actually from Matsuda Station which is just 50 m apart from Shin Matsuda) I got on the Gotemba line for 500 Yen to Gotemba Station, hence the name Gotemba Trail. From there on a shuttle bus departs frequently, and a 1.540 Yen roundtrip ticket takes you up to the 5th station. I decided to take the last bus, departing at 4:40 pm, because I had enough time until sunrise which is to be expected at 5 am. The ascending shouldn’t take more than 10 hours, at least judged by the sources I checked out, of course it varies between different people.
I had enough time in Gotemba to make my last errand for my birthday, namely 2 little birthday cakes. My plan was to get them up the Fuji, and to do a fotoshoot upon sunrise. Pictures can be seen by clicking this link.
Getting on the bus to my final destinations gave me the chills. I was quite excited which is usually totally unlike me. But I really looked forward to this trip, and couldn’t really fathom that it came true! The Fuji itself, was veiled in clouds and didn’t show its majestic appearance as usual. Arriving at the Gotemba 5th station sight dropped down to 20 m, and on the track sometimes around a mere 10 m. After a bit of a warm up, I started hiking at half past 5 and hoped to be up the summit before sunrise. All the way up to the sixth station the track is build upon a huge lapilli field. Think of a 1.500 m high desert dune and try to walk it descently up. It’s about the same and not the best terrain for a track. It was rather annoying to begin with^^. Another anoying fact was the zigzag way up, especially as soon as nightfall came upon us. There was the distant and distinct light of the 7th and 8th station but it didn’t seem to come any closer at all, even after hours it seemed that I haven’t approached the light at all^^. Which is a bit frustrating^^. As soon as I arrived the 2.000 m mark, the clouds began to scatter for some minutes and for the first time the view to the top of Mt. Fuji became clear, while a thick cloud blanket lay below me in anticipation to capture me again, and veil the sight of the beauty of Mt. Fuji. It became dark, and everyone below me started to light their headtorches and build a loose line following the track up the mountain. There weren’t many people as anticipated and so I could walk on my own leisure, sometimes someone passed me and other times I passed them in return. Up to 2.500 m walking was rather easy. From 2.500 m onwards but, it became more and more exhausting and I got incredibly tired. It must be from the ever thinner getting air. Didn’t have headaches at that time, but took more and more breaks and my progress began to slow down. As I made a longer break, I fell asleep instantly after sitting down. Not a real deep sleep but enough to have some light dreams. After 15 minutes I woke up again, and continued my quest up, just to fall back in the same state after 30 minutes. That was the time when I thought that I wouldn’t be able to get on top in the same night. I needed rest, and some sleep as soon as possible. I decided to walk up to the seventh station, which wasn’t far anymore and to lay out my sleeping bag and have a nap until half past 2 (it was midnight when I set my alarm clock). Unfortunately it became quite cold in the night, not freezing though, but I couldn’t really have a deep sleep and I started to get headaches too. So I extended my slumber until sunrise and didn’t have the drive to get up the whole mountain anymore. I could see the sunrise from there too, so it was fine. I slept until 4:20, night was already beaten back by day, and I packed my things to set up my fotoshoot^^. Therefore I climbed up to the next hut which was just a 5 minutes walk from my sleeping place, which I didn’t see in the night. There were already some people out and with the first ray of light, everyone brandished their mobile to do some pictures almost synchronously, and after 5 minutes it was all over again. Quite a waste of time to hike all the way up for five minutes of photos and than scatter an go down again. So I decided, despite my headaches, to move forward and see the summit after all, even if my primary goal cannot be fulfiled anymore. I took the time to do some really good pictures and to enjoy the moment and the silence up there =).

In the end I settled and went on. It took me about 3 hours to get the bloody mountain up. It does not seem much from below, and rather easy going, but the thin air and the zigzag trail is really not helping in making progress. I was really slow and just wanted to arrive up there! In the end I arrived at the top at 9:30 am with best weather conditions! Nevertheless did I rest for about 15 minutes relaxed myself in hope to get used to the height. There is also a one hour loop walk around the crater which I wanted to walk originally but I voted against it. I was totally used up and just wanted to get home to get a proper sleep. I was surprised to see temples up there as well. I went to one which was a mere 3 minutes walk apart from my resting spot. Many people crowded around it, and the other temple a bit further up the crater was a real sight! But as I said I didn’t intend to go there. The valley was covered in thick clouds anyway and I wouldn’t be able to see anything from the landscape. Hence, no point in getting my ass up once again^^. But I spent 1 hour up there and enjoyed the location and made some pictures.

It took me 9,5 hours of total climbing time to reach the summit, but only 2,5 to get down again!! :DDDD. This was actually the third reason why I picked this route. Because of its character and the soft ground it is the perfect basement to get down fast, and basically to run down again. Until the 7th Station both – up and down – paths are the same (coming from the top), but from there one there is one straight path leading down and seperating to the one which is going up. Hence the perfect opportunity to make a large distance in a short period of time. About 10 k’s in 2,5 hours. Of course I wasn’t the only one, when I ran down, which was real fun! So it happend that a rather thick layer of dust covered up my body and clothes, and backpack^^. This was by far the most exciting thing about the whole trip.
Savely arrived at the 5th station, I bought some Souvenirs for my workmates and made my way to the Bus, to go back to Tokyo again through the same way =).

In the end it was a hard but worth experience to get up Mt. Fuji. I am by far no mountain climber and will never become one. But I wouldn’t want to miss this climb. The sunrise was beautiful and to be able to see the clouds from above instead of from below was magnificant. Sure, could I see them from the plane too and it was all the same magnificant, but it is somethig else if you’re able to do it by your own means and with your own strength! That’s what it’s all about, to go beyond ones limits and reach higher standards for oneself. To observe and to learn!

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Hitchhiking

Vor ein paar Tagen habe ich mir den neuen OP Film angesehen und einen kleinen Beitrag dazu verfasst, mit persönlicher Meinung und Spoilern. Wer den Film also nocht nicht in Deutschland gesehen hat (wird ja in den größeren Städten gezeigt, bzw. wurde gezeigt), der sollte vielleicht mit Vorsicht an den Beitrag herangehen. Für alle anderen bitte hier klicken.
Ansonsten habe ich noch einen Beitrag zum hitchhiken geschrieben, der für jeden Empfehlbar ist, der sich damit mal auseinandergesetzt hat. Auch für alle anderen kanns natürlich durchaus interessant sein. Werde bei Zeiten natürlich wieder den Daumen in die Luft strecken, die Reise geht also weiter =).

Bis zum nächsten Mal!

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Aoshima

Deutsche Version:

Aloha, und willkommen zurück! Mittlerweile habe ich meine ersten 4 Tage in der Fabrik hinter mir und was soll ich sagen? Ich bin begeistert :). Bevor ich dort anfing dachte ich, dass es wohl ein extrem langweiliger und eintöniger Job werden würde. Nun, eintönig ist es auch, allerdings nicht langweilig. Kann gar nicht sagen warum genau^^. Wir produzieren Plastikteile, z.B. für Boxen, oder auch für Papierablagen oder dergleichen. Nach dem Stanzen müssen, diese dann vom Übershuss (wie bei Plätzchen) ausgedrückt und verpackt werden, was in meinem Aufgabenbereich fällt. Musikhören ist ausserdem ausdrücklich erlaubt. Zudem helfe ich täglich beim saubermachen der Air BnB Wohnungen, was ebenfalls zu meinen Aufgabenfeld gehört. Untergekommen bin ich in einer der Wohnungen, für 40.000 Yen im Monat, was dann von meinem Gehalt abgezogen wird. Nicht das billigste, dafür nur ne halbe Minute vom Arbeitsort weg, ein eigenes Zimmer und eine verdammt saubere und schöne Wohnung, sowie guten Mitbewohnern! Ich bin also extremst glücklich hier =).
Jedenfalls komme ich extrem gut mit allen aus und sie auch mit mir. Ich war ursprünglich bis nächsten Dienstag auf eine Trial-Woche angesetzt, allerdings hat man mir heute schon gesagt, dass ich Teil des Teams bin und ich mich sehr gut mache^^. Als Zeichen dafür habe ich ein Shirt der Firma bekommen, was mich echt freute. Ich sei jetzt Teil der Familie sagten sie. Jedenfalls geht jetzt das große geldverdienen los, zumindest für Backpackverhältnisse! Am Freitag nächster Woche, ein Tag vor meinem Geburtstag, gehts dann zum Fuji um dort pünktlich zum Sonnenaufgang am 6. oben auf zu sein. DAS wird der geilste Geburtstag den ich je gefeiert habe und je feiern werde. Sofern das Wetter mitspielt^^. Drückt mir die Däumchen :D.
Ansonsten gibts jetzt den Beitrag zu Aoshima zu bestaunen, der jedoch nicht allzu lang ist, viel haben wir dort auch nicht gemacht, ausser gebadet und nen kleinen Ausflug nach Süden^^. Wenn ich es schaffe, kommt vor meinem Geburtstag noch ein weiterer Beitrag, sind noch etwa 5 weitere geplant, plus jener zum Fuji.

English Version:

Aoshima! Why is it that famous and well known? Well it’s a small uninhabited island (Exception: 1 Temple), which can be surrounded in approximately half an hour. But apart of that, I don’t see the justification for popularity. However is it a nice island and the surrounding Geology makes it kinda unique. It’s a layering of sand- and mudstone, which sneaks out of the water. Quite nice for two geologists =).
We booked a room in one of the two hostels (Hooju Hostel) and guess what? We lived in a 130 year old traditional japanese house! This was always my dream. Except of a washing machine, a fridge and some other small stuff, everything stayed true to it’s old charakter. Tatami Rooms, with Futons and trad. japanese Washi doors. We booked for 4 nights, and we enjoyed every last of them! Along with that, we had some huge spiders in the house, which, but, didn’t bother us at all. We? I should mention, that my friend and her 5 years old daughter tagged along. They visited me from Germany. However, the little girl is really interested in animals, especially spiders. No fears at all.

The same night we moved in we also went down to the beach sometime around 22:30, and went for a swim. It was awesome! No one around, still very warm weather and good water temperature! I felt refreshed again and also free. After all the stress during the last two weeks before Aoshima, it was a real set free!

The next day was reserved for a visit to Aoshima, which was nice, but nothing that deserved the hype in my eyes. On another day we went down south with the Bus to see some Easter Island Replica (which we didn’t know before) and the Udo Jinguu Schrine. At least the last one, is very recommendable, for it’s location is set in a cave on a cliff. Never seen anything like this before. It’s just accesable by Bus, not by train, or you try hitchhiking, which works quite well, especially with a small child :D. Entry is free, and on a sunny day recommended to visit. The coulors of the Shrine and the cliffs match perfectly together. Check out the pictures above (click the link).

Apart from that we only went to the beach and had a good relaxing time, before we would go for the last two stages of their journey, Nikko and Tokyo. However, next week I will be moving to the Fuji and get on him to see the sunrise on the 6th! Hopefully with good weather.
If I get the time for it, I’ll publish another blog post until then. If not will the Fuji be my next topic.

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Job!

Deutsche Version:

Ich kanns nicht glauben, ich habe doch tatsächlich noch nen Job bekommen und bin so verdammt glücklich! Wer dies gerade nicht nachvollziehen kann, möge bitte die nächsten Zeilen lesen :D.

Vor mehr als drei Wochen hatte ich mich auf craigslist um einen Hoteljob beworben. Das wäre der ideale Job für mich gewesen. Verpflegung und Unterkunft umsonst, und ein Fulltime-job für 950 Yen die Stunde. Top! Allerdings hat sich das ganze Bewerbungsfahren ewig hingezogen, musste sogar neben meinen englischen, auch noch einen jap. CV bereitlegen, was mit Hilfe einer jap. Freundin auch kein Problem war. Word-Vorlagen habe ich dabei im Internet gefunden, die galt es dann nur noch auszufüllen.
Dann vor einer Woche, als ich mit meinem Besuch in Nikko war, hatte ich endlich ein Interview via Skype, wo auch mein jap. getestet wurde und ich mich sehr gut geschlagen hatte. Am Tag darauf gab es ein zweites, wo die Sache mit dem Bart angesprochen wurde. Wer bisher noch keines der dutzenden Bilder auf meinen Blog gesehen hat, ich habe einen 30 cm langen Bart, der mit Gummis segmentiert ist. Jedenfalls fragten sie mich, ob ich den abschneiden würde (auf die Frage war ich vorbereitet), und die Antwort fiel logischerweise mit „Nein“ aus. 5 Jahre Wachstum schneide ich nicht so einfach weg. Jedenfalls verlief auch das Gespräch sonst sehr gut, allerdings habe ich dann am nächsten Tag die Nachricht erhalten, dass sie mich nicht nehmen würden, jedoch ohne Begründung, wobei die Sache natürlich klar war. Später hatte ich nochmal nachgefragt und erfahren, dass es eben wegen dem Bart war. Ich kanns nicht nachvollziehen, Leute. Hatte mich echt getroffen.

Kurz vor folgendem Ereignis hatte ich dann meinen letzten Beitrag verfasst.

Der zweite Versuch war in einem Hostel wo ich die letzten Tage geschlafen habe, da die wiederum Nachtschichtpersonal suchten. Top, geil, nehm ich! Ein Interview ausgemacht und hier das Gleiche wieder! Ich verstehe es nicht! Im Restaurant kann ich alle logischen Gründe nachvollziehen, aber in einem Hostel, das hauptsächlich internationale Kunden bedient und mich als Rezeptionisten einsetzt — wo ist da bitte der Sinn hinter, keinen Bart tragen zu dürfen???.
Da war ich dann nun nicht mehr nur enttäuscht, sondern schon richtig angepisst. Ich gehe zwar nicht gerne auf die Diskriminierungsschiene, aber so hab ich mich dort schon gefühlt. Ab da wusste ich nicht mehr weiter und plante innerlich schon den Rückflug, denn bis auf knappe 30.000 Yen war alles weg. Die letzte Alternative wäre gewesen, im selben Hostel 5h am Tag als Putze zu arbeiten, aber mit Mietkosten (ich hätte dort nicht kostenlos pennen können, sondern müsste mir ne Wohnung mieten), wären unterm Strich nur noch gute 50.000 Yen über geblieben. Was etwa 400 Euro entspricht. Immer noch besser als nichts, aber bisschen mehr wäre schon recht. Das war also mein Plan für den Fall der Fälle. Der allerletzte Notfallplan sozusagen. Zur gleichen Zeit habe ich jedoch eine andere Anzeige auf Craigslist gefunden die mich wegen folgenden Zitats frohlocken und nocheinmal hoffen liess:

You can dye your hair, have pierces on your body while you’re at work.
We do not judge people by the appearance, so any nationality is welcome.

Das war wahrlich der letzte Rettungsanker! So bin ich heute, gerade eben, dorthin um vorzusprechen und siehe da, ich habe ihn bekommen! Ich kanns immer noch nicht fassen. Einziger Wehrmutstropfen ist die Miete für 40.000 Yen, aber anderswo wäre es auch nur geringfügig billiger und ich habe so ein Privatzimmer und alle Annehmlichkeiten drumherum! Das beste ist, dass mir die Miete vom Gehalt abgezogen wird, sonst hätte ich sie derzeit gar nicht bezahlen können. Wenn alles gut geht, habe ich am Ende des Monats zwischen 90.000 und 120.000 Yen in der Tasche. Im Vergleich, sicher immer noch nicht der Burner, aber ausreichend um danach zu reisen. Als Backpacker muss man sowiesoe lernen seine Ansprüche teils sehr tief zu legen. 100.000 Netto war mein Mindestgehalt für das ich arbeiten gehen würde.
Dazu darf ich an meinem Geburtstag freinehmen um die gplante Fuji Besteigung durchzuführen und nach 2,5 Monaten vorerst den Job beenden um meine Pilgerreise in Shikoku zu starten! Anschließend wohl auch wieder anfangen. Gott; nur Vorteile! Ich bin noch immer ganz hibbelig. Die Arbeit selbst wird zwar total langweilig werden, ist aber auf 2,5 Monate vorerst begrenzt, was es erträglich macht. Da ich mein Ziel vor Augen habe, geht das also =). Ab jetzt heißts Maloochen, und meine Mitarbeiter (ein Australier, ein Inder, einige Japaner) sind auch sehr nett. toi toi toi!

Da das Einkommen fürs erste also gesichert ist, kann ich mich nun ans schreiben der Blogbeiträge machen, wo dann einige in nächster Zeit folgen werden. Die nächsten zweieinhalb Monate über wird bis auf die Fuji-Besteigung nicht viel passieren. Bleibt gespannt!

English Version:

I made it! This was truely luck! Right before I almost resigned, I got a last straw and got a job right now! Still, I cannot totally grasp it. However was it a long and hard ordeal to find a job here, why?
Because, when you have a beard it’s almost impossible to find a job here in Japan. I don’t mean a 3 days beard or anything short, no, I do have a 30 cm long beard which I carry for approximately 5 years now. It’s nothing you just cut down on a whim, especially not for some stupid money. I would have chosen my pride over Japan, if it would have come to the worst, and leave the country for good. However it turned out well, though with more luck than actual skill. But after a long and hard job hunting time some luck was well appreciated. The first Job I applied to (after the Kumamoto earthquakes) was about a resort Job, but they wouldn’t take anyone with a beard at all. Period!
The next one, I applied for was a Hotel Job in Atami (Shizuoka), which would be the best one to find. Accomodation and fare would be free, and I would have had a fulltime job for 950 Yen per hour! Unfortunately did it take around 4 weeks until I got the Interview appointment on Skype, during my time in Nikko. The Interview went well, very well, despite the fact that I had to speak japanese (in which I became quite experienced). So I had my hopes up. The second Interview on the following day went well again, but the matter with my beard came up, and my resolution to not cut it. Of course. The next day, I got a mail, which stated they wouldn’t take me but didn’t provide any reasons at all. However was it clear, what made them say that.

After that I was really disappointed, so the next try was in the Ace-Inn Hostel in Shinjuku where I stayed the last couple of nights. They were desperately looking for Night Shift Receptionists, so I thought, sweet! I’ll take it! I made an Interview appointment, and it looked promising, at least I didn’t see a reason why I wouldn’t be chosen. Despite of some lacking japanese skills maybe. But here again! No beard! Period! After that I wasn’t just disappointed but really angry too. I felt rather discriminated and I already closed the case Japan – Working Holiday for myself. The next day (I was already planning my leave in my mind), I found another ad on craigslist with the following quote in it:

You can dye your hair, have pierces on your body while you’re at work.
We do not judge people by the appearance, so any nationality is welcome.

Wow! This must have been the opportunity I was looking for. How cool is that? The first one who really gives me a chance! So I grabbed the straw, wrote them, made an appointment, got there today and – unbelievable but true – got the job :D! I still cannot fathom it. I’m so happy right now, the last straw, my goddamn luck, just because I didn’t stop to look for it. Just because I didn’t resign but kept looking. Lesson was learned^^.
I even get days off for my birthday next week, where I want to climb up Mt. Fuji with a jap. friend of mine. Plus I can take a 2 months break for the pilgramage on Shikoku, which I want to do in the middle of october! I have but to pay 40.000 Yen for a room (though private room), but if everything works out well, I still have between 90.000 and 120.000 Yen per month in my pocket. Still not that much (just between 800 and 1.000 Euro), but as a backpacker one needs to take what one gets. It would have been the minimum I would voluntarily work for. However, my first day starts tomorrow and I have a really good room, and all the other facilities are really nice too.
I’ll start producing some blog posts (which I couldn’t during the last three weeks) within my time here, because apart of the Fuji climbing, I won’t do much anyway^^. See you soon!

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