After finishing my diploma thesis I prepared my first scientific publication about the usage of apps for public transport navigation on mobile phones – and what was nearer than to present it at a conference in the biggest city of the world, where public transport plays a very important role? Therefore I went to Tōkyō, Japan and spoke about my results.
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Getting around Tōkyō, Japan is easy if you once understood the systems and know how to get a ticket. There are JR train, subway and bus networks – the latter you only need for more remote locations. Remember: you enter busses in the rear and pay when you exit in front. Continue reading “Public transport”
The Zōjō-ji is a Buddhist temple in Tōkyō, Japan – next to the Tōkyō Tawā. It was created in the 9th century and was shifted to its current location in 1598. In earlier days 48 subtemples and residential homes for students belonged to it.
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The Nezu-jinja is an important Shintō shrine in Tōkyō, Japan and considered as a cultural heritage. It is 1900 years old and the current building dates back to 1705. The halls and gates are preserved very well and are some of the oldest in Japan.
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I guess everyone knows sumō, the Japanese fighting sports with the massive fighters only wearing belts. Sumō has a home in Tōkyō, Japan – the arena Ryōgoku Kokugikan. Here important official tournaments take place and you can learn more about this Japanese tradition. Continue reading “Sumō”
The Meiji-jingū is a Shintō shrine in the city quarter of Shibuya in Tōkyō, Japan. It is dedicated to the soul of the Meiji-tennō and his wife. It was built after their deaths in 1912 and 1914 and was finished in 1920. It was destroyed by bombs in 1945 – but repaired by 110000 people who volunteered to restore it.
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I’ve seen many town halls throughout Europe – mostly old and traditional buildings with many decorations. In Tōkyō, Japan everything is different: here the Tōkyō Metropolitan Government Building is a set of very high skyscrapers.
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A little bit outside of the city center of Tōkyō, Japan, close to the harbour and Disneyland you can find the Tōkyō Sealife Aquarium. You can see 600 species from the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean and from Arctic and Antarctic.
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The Tōkyō Tawā is a television tower in Tōkyō, Japan. It is 332 meters high replica of the Tour Eiffel in Paris, France. It is made of steel and colored in orange and white to prevent planes crashing into into. It was built in 1958.
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When I’m abroad I love to go to zoological gardens. You can learn a lot about a society when you see how they treat animals. And in Tōkyō, Japan I was really surprised: those silent and emotion-free Japanese people started to laugh and smile at the zoo.
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