Akiba

Amazing! Sorry I know we are in Kyoto but thankfully our SD card was retrieved and we found our memories of Akiba, better known as Akihabara. And of course we wanted to share this with you all.

Akihabara is one amazing, lively city full of energy and neon lights. If you ever saw that anime movie Akira, than you would understand where they got the inspiration from. So much NEON here it almost hurts my eyes.

We went I believe to almost 50 anime shops, 50 tech shops and more than 50 Taito stations. These are those machines where you put in a coin to play a game. It was fun but it swallows your money like it’s nothing. The food here however is less than what we experienced in other places. Don’t get us wrong, it’s not bad but just not really out there.

When you ever visit Japan, please do visit this district as it is definitely worth your time.

This entry was posted on November 20, 2016, in Tokyo.

Old City

What a beauty. We are surrounded but utter beauty in one of the most detailed ways possible.

This place has so much history that three days is way too little to stay here unfortunately. We arrived at the station and took a moment to take our breath. We drank we a cup of coffee in a local coffee house at the station and everything already felt different from Tokyo. Thinking a lot would look the same, was a very wrong idea and of course it was.

Have you ever been in one country, where the north is the same with the south? I think not. Same goes for Kyoto. We were very lucky to not find too many tourist. Even in Tokyo seeing a foreigner was quite rare. And the foreigners we found were a bit goofy, but maybe the thought the same of us haha.

This entry was posted on July 26, 2016, in Kyoto.

Train

It was time to say goodbye to Tokyo. Afer seeing many districts and meeting many friendly (and drunk) people it was part ways. We got onto our super fast train, called the Shinkansen, and were heading to Kyoto.

It was another level, we had the experience of our lifetime. Pricey yes, but fun it was! Even though we love the tech, we wanted to experience the more older Japan as well. And what better place to experience this than in Kyoto.

Hospital

After every highlight is unfortunately a lowlight (pun)… but even when things are low it’s high again. Matthew had problems with his stomach again, which he already had back in the states. We went to the hospital to check up on it, better save then sorry right. And even in the hospital we saw a beauty of tech surrounded us.

We were very happy that we did our research first because we had the feeling that without any medical insurance we don’t even got helped. They are quite strict here. Back in the states we did research about good medical insurance which also would cover Japan. And we found it, rather fast I must say. We showed our information of our health insurance and were greated by a friendly older doctor who took Matthew aside.

I’m still waiting here, apparently everything is going well but the doctor advised us to stay the night, just in case and to wait on the results.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/18/opinion/sunday/make-america-singapore.html?_r=0

https://www.now-health.com/en/hong-kong/international-health-insurance/

http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Economy/Chronic-deficits-plague-Japan-s-health-insurance-program

This entry was posted on March 17, 2016, in Tokyo.

Crazy

First time ever in our lives that we visited Japan. Of course this was the first one on our list because it’s the Valhalla for tech. There are so many even smaller stores which contain more tech-stuff than ever seen in Oregan.

We skip our story right over to Japan because we just found out it how nice it is to have blog of our own. We used short stories on our Facebook but didn’t really worked out unfortunately. Hence.. our blog.

Back to Japan. We arrived at the airport and almost already got greeted by a robot. So many things are automatically. And the weird thing is, the people embrace this instead of thinking further that it will eventually take over their jobs. We heard stories that Japan is not gaining any new babies and therefore are developing robots to work in the elderly homes.

This week we are planning to do sightseeing first, hope to see some exhibitions. But first the Toyota Tokyo center. We read about it but didn’t think much of it yet. But it was great the Tokyo Odaiba museum. They had a robot show which was truly awesome.

This entry was posted on February 14, 2016, in Japan.