doggie stroller & japanese camper

This weekend I had a different kind of sightseeing. I guess everyone following this blog, knows by now I’m somehow addicted to camping, therefore I visited the Japan Camping Car Show in Chiba!

How was it? FUN!!
I learned: if you are a camper in Japan you need AT LEAST 2 dogs. And don’t forget about the right stroller and be aware of the dress code! Sorry, I cannot share all pictures I took of dogs, otherwise it will fill a whole page!

The other fun thing was to check all the KeiCar (Japanese small size cars) Campers. It’s amazing to see what fits into such a mini car! In addition of course a lot of strange ideas like the modular house or the “tree-house” camper solution.

Dieses Wochenende gab’s mal eine andere Art von Sightseeing. Ich denke, jeder der diesen Blog ein bisschen verfolgt, weiß inzwischen dass ich sehr gerne campen gehe – also habe ich die Japan Camping Car Messe in Chiba besucht!
Um gleich jegliche Vorurteile abzuwürgen: es war echt lustig!
Zum Beispiel habe ich gelernt: Wenn man ein Wohnmobil in Japan besitzt oder Besitzen will muss man mindestens 2 Hunde haben. Nicht zu vergessen den passenden Kinder-Hunde-Wagen und bitte auch auf die reichtige Bekleidung achten!
Leider kann ich nicht alle Hunde-Bilder teilen, das würde hier nicht auf eine Seite passen….

Die andere lustige Sache war,sich die KeiCars (japanische Kleinwagen) Wohnmobile an zugucken. Es ist erstaunlich was alles in so ein Mini-Auto passt! Außerdem gab’s natürlich viele seltsame Ideen wie die modulare Haus oder der “Baumhaus” Wohnlösung.

pancakes! and cream!

Did it! Since 2,5 years now, I’m going by Eggs’n & Things close to Harajuku, famous for their pancakes. Usually the waiting queue is about 300m long, so I never even thought about getting some!
But by surprise this Saturday, valentines day, I walked by with some friends visiting from China and there was NO queue at all! So I had real Hawaiian pancakes this weekend for the for the first time.
Oishii –  yummy! But be aware about the huge amount of cream o.O –  I have to workout the whole week I guess…

Geschafft! Seit 2,5 Jahre komme ich immer wieder am Eggs’n & Things, in der Nähe von Harajuku vorbei. Der Laden ist  berühmt für Pancakes und normalerweise ist die Warteschlange mindestens 300m lang. Darum hab ich nie daran gedacht hier jemals zu essen!

Aber diesem Samstag, am Valentinstag (!) war es überraschenderweise anders!  Keine Schlange, keine Wartezeit?! Also gab’s Hawaiianische Pancakes am Samstag!
Oishii – Lecker! Aber bitte auf den Berg Sahne achten – das heisst: Sport, Sport, Sport!

omotesando: more than shopping

One of my favourite places in Tokyo is (still) Omotesando. Reason for that is NOT the long shopping mile with all the fancy big labels, but the small side roads. For example the narrow alley from Shibuya to Harajuku, or as well on opposite side. Here you will find second hand stores, small labels, Cafés and Bars to sit outside. Easy to spend a day! Every time I go there, I find a new place and add a new star on my Map 🙂

Especially since January the outdoor event / beer garden area re-opened! This year it’s called commune246 and its a collection of small bars, trailers, a stage and several snack bars. To avoid frosty fingers you can sit beneath the heater during wintertime or enjoy the Tokyo heat during summer time while drinking all sort of cocktails or beers! And if you live here in Tokyo you know how rare it is to have such outdoor places. In this year you can even have a sleep over in a caravan, if you had too many drinks 🙂
Further Tips for those who do not won’t to stick to the standard Omotesando course:

drunken business men #2

Eventuell erinnert ihr euch noch an einen etwas älteren Post zu den betrunkenen Anzugträgern in der Tokyo Metro? Hier ist Teil 2!

Remember my post about drunken business men at the Metro stations in Tokyo? Here is part #2! And and al least Thursday, Friday and Saturday night it’s quite common to experience this kind of scene! Luckily the train conductors seem to be really trained…

hokkaido in winter

Pre-warning.
If you are not interested in winter sports, no need to watch this video. It mainly shows snow. A lot of snow.
in addition to my powderBlog entry, some moving images for Japan tourism promotion and to pay off my GoPro 😉

Achtung.
Falls dich Wintersport nicht interessiert, dieses Video am besten nicht angucken. Denn es geht darin nur um Schnee – und davon jede Menge. Eindrücke von meinem Winterurlaub in Hokkaido hab’ ich ja schon geteilt. Jetzt gibt’s dazu das passende Bewegtbild, damit sich der Kauf der GoPro auch gelohnt hat 😉

Musik: ZOE.LEELA,  Pop Up

funny food

Zu Beginn habe ich ja immer mal wieder auch Essensbilder geteilt! Zeit wird’s mal wieder für eine Serie “lustiges Essen” in Japan!

At the beginning of my stay in Japan I shared a lot of food pics. Over the last weeks I could again collect a number of funny food & meals which I only saw in Japan. sometimes I still wonder who comes up with this ideas…

tokyo tip: ochanomizu

If you stay in Japan for longer than a holiday, you might get into the situation of searching something specific but not finding it in this huge city! Here is one tip for those, who are looking for:

a) All kind of Guitars & Violins
b) Snowboards, Skis and clothes as well as Bikes

Ochanomizu (so called Tee-water-street), close to Akihabara, might be your solution! Not far from the station you find a street where you can ONLY buy guitars!
Going further you end up on Yasukuni Dori, where one wintersports-shop is followed by the next! Floor by floor stuffed with skis, snowboard and everything else you need to survive the winter.
Be sure you have time when going there….