Okayama – Okayama

And again I was on my way to a conference for my work and that although the time would have been better spent writing my dissertation (as well as writing these lines). I am writing these lines (and a few subsequent articles) much later than I experienced them. For the purposes of timing, the typhoon Hagibis is raging above my head right now. I am already glad that it was downgraded from the category “Supertyphoon” to only “violent Typhoon” before it arrived here. This time I was in Okyama, which is located on the southern part of the main island Honshu.

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Okinawa – Okinawa Hontō South

I actually found some time to go on vacation. But only for 5 days, de facto 3 days, because 2 days arrival and departure included. And this is considered a long vacation by Japanese standards. This time I went to Okinawa, the former Ryūkyū Kingdom. Okinawa Hontō is the main island of the prefecture of the same name, which is also called the japanese Hawaii, and Naha is the capital. I went there at the end of August, but I still felt like I would die there every day, because of the heat and humidity. Fortunately it was relatively cloudy, so that I was often spared at least from the burning sun. Without strong sun protection I would have become a roast chicken even in appearance.

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Fukuroi – Hanabi

Yes, I still exist. My doctorate is coming to an end and that means even more work than usual. This time I went to Fukuroi to see Hanabi. I had already reported about the Abekawa Hanabi in Shizuoka in July 2017. Last year it was cancelled for the first time in history because of a typhoon. This year it was cancelled again because of a tropical storm. Safety first. This year I also heard about Fukuroi Hanabi for the first time and the day of the event was convenient for me. The Fukuroi Hanabi is considered the best in Shizuoka Prefecture. Therefore, I went to Fukuroi!

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Tokyo – Tokyo SkyTree, a little bit Shinjuku and the mountain Takao

This time we had a look at the Tokyo SkyTree, which is a radio tower and at the moment with 634 m the second highest building in the world. The tower has two viewing platforms, one at 350m and one at 450m. We only had a look from those at 350 m, first because the entrance fee is a little high and second because we suspected that the weather was not so good and the horizon would be hazy, so that we could not have seen so far. If we had, then we would have bought an extension on the plain and would have gone up to the 450m. But it was hazy on the horizon… There are 4 high-speed elevators, each designed according to one of the four seasons and if I remember rightly 10 m/s reach.

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