The German Railways warn: “Please don’t travel with the train in the coming few days.” 😐
In Berlin we’ve gotten used to that in the last 2 years: no trains (S-Bahn), late trains or overcrowded trains.

S-Bahn in Berlin

S-Bahn in Berlin

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Tokyo trains….

In case you wonder how you can navigate in the world’s most crowded railwayline, Tokyo’s Yamanote Line, here is the Yamanote Line Sound Map. I cannot upload the map itself on my blog, so just a link. But it does bring back some fond memories!

And today’s J-Pop beauty is: “Kick it out” by Boom-Boom Sattelites:

..or is she today’s beauty???

The day after

Well, actually it is now three days after. I originally wanted to take my new Canon to the Demo on May 1st, but then thought a second time about it and decided to take my old Sony with me instead. You never know what’s going to happen…watercanons, people pushing and shoving or whatever. So I went for a walk on the day after: sunday the 2nd with my new Canon and made a few pictures under way of the leftovers.

Mount Hiei (比叡山 Hiei-san)

Subtitle: Train Bingo!

Today I went to Mount Hiei to visit the Enryakuji temple-complex.
To quote Wikipedia:

The temple of Enryakuji, the first Japanese outpost of the esoteric Tendai sect of Buddhism, was founded atop Mt. Hiei by Saichō (Dengyō Daishi) in 788.

And Saichō was a Buddhist, who had travelled to China earlier to study and learn from the Chinese Buddhists. When he came back from his last trip, he founded the temple. It’s more a temple-complex, because there are several sites with many buildings. One more beautiful than the other.
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Miyazu – Der Weg ist das Ziel!

On wednesday I went on a long traintrip to Miyazu to (ab)use my Railpass to the max. Miyazu is a little fishertown on the north-coast of Kansai, which is not even mentioned in my Lonely Planet Travelguide. And usually that means there is absolutely, completely nothing to do. Which proved correct: the town was asleep and will only wake up when the summer-tourists come into town.
But as they say: “Der Weg ist das Ziel”. I had to change trains twice (Sonobe and Fukuchiyama); the last train was a private Rail-Company (which is very usual in Japan in the more remote areas) called “Kitakinkitango Miyafuku Line”.
Beautiful trains they use: the first wagon was the green one and the second was the blue one.

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