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A tiny trip to Japan

610_9232-e_wNot, literally! But, you know, every now and then I told you, that in my area you can find the city with the third biggest number of Japanese inhabitants, outside of Japan. Only in London and Paris there are living more people from Japan.

On Thursdays we have had a public holiday and fantastic weather (one of the two days of summer 🙂 – the other one was Friday – grin ). All jokes aside. I still hope for more hot days this summer. Although a thunderstorm ended the current summerly period Friday night. For next week we are supposed to get only 15-20°C, just like last week, before the temperature jumped to 28-36°C on Thursday.

Nevertheless, I want to tell you about the Japanese garden I visited. It’s built about 100 years ago as a part of a huge private park. An industrial entrepreneur has had a mansion with these park. After a visit in Japan, he felt in love with the Japanese garden culture and decided to set up his own Japanese garden. He invited garden architects from Japan to create the garden for him.

Although his company grew enormously because of their success in the chemical sector , the park still exists. Currently the park’s size is about 22 hectare (= 220.000 m²) and 15.000 m² of this park are formed to be the Japanese garden. On weekends this park (and the garden) are visited by many people. There’s no entrance fee. The company still cares for the park. It’s located directly beside their headquarter. So, it’s a slight problem to get a free parking slot on weekdays, because the employees need the room for their cars. While the park is always open to the public, the Japanese garden has restricted opening hours and is always guarded.

Enjoy!

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Japantag 2014

20140517_130814-600_9778_wI introduced Japantag here last year and the years before, too. On Saturday the 14. Japantag was held in Duesseldorf and (according to official announcements) 750.000 people showed up.  The festival area is about 700 m long and goes along the river Rhine. Beside the promenade on 2 levels there are 3 squares directly connected to the promenade. Festival stages were set up  on the squares for music and dancing performances.

This was my fourth visit in a row, but probably the last. I was way too crowded. Everything seemed worse than ever. Being with my car in a traffic jam is annoying, but being in a jam as a pedestrian is even worse.

Nevertheless, we have had wonderful summer weather. Just like the years before. But I missed out the fireworks although the fine weather.

As usual I admired the wonderful (usually homemade) costumes most of the visitors were wearing. They came from all parts of Germany, The Netherlands, Austria, France and certainly Japan. So, it was really a feast for a photographer. I attached photo gallery at the end of this post with a small selection for you to have a look. Enjoy!

Take care!

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Japantag 2013

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Yesterday, the Japanese Community in DĂĽsseldorf, celebrated the Japantag (Day of Japan). Some more information you can find in my last years post.

This year we had bad luck with the weather conditions. Although the weather was fine, when I arrived, it was quite windy. Later in the afternoon it became cloudy and the first raindrops felt on the people. Thus I decided, not to wait for the fireworks. The weather forecast proposed heavy rain, so I went home early.

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2012, the “11. Japantag” in Duesseldorf

Japantag means celebrating the good relationship between Japan and Germany, especially Duesseldorf, the capital of the German state Nordrhein-Westfalen (NRW, Northrhine-Westphalia). This day (festival) took place for the 11th time yesterday. It’s usually organized by the Japanses people, living in Duesseldorf. Duesseldorf is the city with the 3rd most Japanese inhabitants outside of Japan.  Continue reading “2012, the “11. Japantag” in Duesseldorf”