13th Japan Filmfest Hamburg starts today!

Today marks the beginning of the 13th Japan Filmfest Hamburg with the world premier of Black Dawn, based on the successful Japanese tv-series Gaiji Keisatsu. In the wake of the great 2011 earthquake terrorists are planning an attack on a nuclear reactor and it’s up to this special police force to stop them. The movie will be running in the Metropolis Cinema, which is one of the festival’s 4 venues. All of them are located in convinient distances to one another and considering the weather report for the next days, I’ll definitely bring my bike with me for quick trips from one cinema to the next.

The festival will go on until the 27th and I’m already planning to visit quite a few films in addition to the ones where I’m going to hold the opening speech. So if any of you would like to meet me there, just check my personal timetable below ๐Ÿ™‚

23rd of May:

25th of May:

26th of May:

27th of May:

  • 10.00 Movie breakfast at the Projektor Cinema

I hope to see a lot of you in the movie theaters with me to enjoy the Japanese cinema we’re presenting this year. This year’s selection offers a broad range of different films for everyone, so if you’re interested in Japan or Japanese movies you should definitely find some film to fit your taste. Let’s enjoy the festival! ๐Ÿ™‚

Super sugoi* Summer School 2010

The Summer School ended one week ago and, except for the students who stay in Hamburg for a longer time or who are travelling in Europe, everyone has returned to Japan by now. Which is really sad, because I’ve met a lot of cool and nice people in the last month and it has been a real pleasure to teach them and lay the foundation for lasting friendships (how solid these foundations are is something, that only the future can tell). I can definitely say, that the last month was one of the best in my whole life! The title of this entry says it all ๐Ÿ˜‰

*expression bold stolen from Katelynd ๐Ÿ˜›

I’ll keep it all in good memory and hope to see a lot of the people in Japan next year!

Summer School – Hamburger Dom and Baltic Sea

Today, I’m going to write about the Summer School again. Last week, we’ve been to the Hamburger Dom (wich is essentially a really big fair) and to the Baltic Sea, so I’m going to drop a few lines about that and then show you some pictures ๐Ÿ˜‰

This Friday, we went to the Hamburger Dom with some japanese students, who wanted to go to show them the fair, try some attractions and watch the fireworks later in the evening. It was a funny evening, with sausages, beer, water slides, 70 meters high chairoplane (never used this word before now Oo) above Hamburg in the night, of course fireworks and it ended with some of us ending up tired in the Mc Donalds at the central station and eating burgers, because there was no train driving to a certain suburb at that time anymore. So like every good night should end ๐Ÿ˜€

The second event was today, where we went to the Baltic Sea with the train. Our goal was Timmendorfer Strand, which is a small tourist village (mainly visited by old people and Porsche drivers as we noticed) just a bit north of Lรผbeck – if the latter one is known to anyone ๐Ÿ™‚ Sadly, the sky was totally clouded, so we had to skip bathing and swimming, but we still went to the beach, to build a sand castle and do pictures. Which was twice justified as we were tourists and had Japanese with us – in theory, we should have just kept doing photos without a break. Anyway, after some lunch at an italian restaurant, we visited the Sea Life Center, before we went back to the station. They had a big variety of fishes to watch and even some ‘Nemos’, as many small childs cried out loud, when they saw the small clownfishes . Kawaii ne~~~ xD

Still, pictures say more than all of my babblings, so here you have a small selection. You can see more pictures and videos of the fireworks on my Facebook-profile (whooho, cross-referencing xD)

Summer School

Long time, no read eh? Yeah right, I haven’t been the most productive writer in these past one and a half months – I admit it. Too much stuff to care for, like exams and work. But I’m finally back and I’ve brought some stuff with me to feed everyone with new life input from me ๐Ÿ˜€

Right now, I’m a Tutor in the Summer School at the Hamburg University for Japanese, who came here for a month to learn German. It all started with two days, in which I spent 7 hours at the airport to pick the japanese students up – instead of an hour, which was the time I planned for that beforehand. But some plane in Japan couldn’t start for some technical reasons and nearly every student was sent to Hamburg on a different route around the globe. Sadly, we didn’t know about the different new flight plans, so the organisation at the airport was pure chaos with us don’t knowing were everyone was and at the same time having to care for te students, who had already arrived. Probably one of the highest stress levels I’ve had so far…

Luckily, the Summer School itself turned out to be a great thing and everyday there is a lot of fun. Last week, I had to teach Yui and Mimi, who were both really eager to learn and we didn’t even had to bother with too much shyness at the beginning of the week ๐Ÿ™‚ Mimi is also a student at the Hiroshima University, so I’ve already found out some more facts about my future exchange university. The most shocking one was sadly that I will be studying in Higashi Hiroshima, which is a part of the city that’s a ‘little’ bit away from the main urban region. Less nightlife and more running in the woods, I guess ^^”

Anyway, we’ve done a Hamburg tour with all of the Summer School students on Saturday, so I’d like to show you some pictures of that now. It was the only good day in the last week and this week is also pretty rainy so far.

11th Japan Filmfest Hamburg โ€“ The Diary (Day 3)

Howdy! I bring you new stuff from the movie festival and this time, I’ve got photos! ๐Ÿ˜€

After watching Blood of Rebirth yesterday (the trailer is linked in the previous posting), which was kinda freaky and psychedelic, we went to the festival party, to celebrate a bit. We had japanese beer, a liveband and green tea cocktail – and a pretty nicely designed location. It was quite crowded for some time, before it became really late, so it seems, that this party was a success for the festival ๐Ÿ™‚

And today, we organized the movie breakfast, which is a buffet with a mix between western and japanese breakfast before the early movie on 11:00. We had to start the preparations at 8:00, so I was still pretty tired from the last night, but that’s the price for partying, I guess ^^ We prepared Onigiri, Miso-soup, Natto and even more japanese dishes and they were probably really good – because they were gone, before we could eat some as well. Next time, we need to make more food, so the team can have some too xD

Anyway, this evening I’ll watch USB, Robo Geisha and Big Tits Zombie 3D – I’m in for a lot of blood (of course just with the last two movies – which I also have to announce) ๐Ÿ˜€

And here come the pictures:

Cya ๐Ÿ˜‰