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Japantag 2009

One week left until having to endure an entire week of exams, so what does lil’ Aki do? Nope, he’s not studying…he had some off-the-hook fun at the Japantag 2009 in Düsseldorf, Germany!

The Japantag (english: Japan Day) is an annual festival organized by the city of Düsseldorf to celebrate the unique relationship between Germany and Japan (which is about more than just covering each others back in some World War almost 70 years a go). All along the Rhine, you’ll find stands and shows, and to go out with a bang, the day is concluded by an awesome fireworks show.

My personal reason for going to the Japantag, however, is not just my interest in Japanese society and culture, but also my fascination for the strangests hobbies around: Cosplay and Japanese fashion. Now, don’t be scared: I will probably never dress up as some Anime character myself, but I love to so people investing their spare time in creating brilliant and beautiful outfits. I had the chance to marvel at some truly masterful outfits this year, but sadly, my eyes also had to endure terrible pain and agony caused by chubby little girls who felt like dressing up in mini-skirts and far too tight tanktops. I hope that the memory will fade some day…

Anyway, I had a damn good time this year. I had the chance to see people that I hadn’t seen for ages (still, Laura, we still have to meet up again!), laugh about silly jokes, eat gross food and fall asleep at 4 AM this morning with a feeling of pure satisfaction and delight.

Unfortunately, I haven’t received much photos yet, but I can give you this one:

haru markus japantag 2009

Can’t you see, posing is my specialty!

I’ll update this blog as soon as I have some new pictures, so stay tuned!





I know I’m late, but I just saw the awesome-o-saurus line-up for Rock am Ring 2009, at the Nürburgring in the Eifel, Germany. I highlighted the most interesting acts. I just can’t believe this…

Billy Talent (not the most interesting, but definitly a good listen)
Bloc Party (it’s Bloc Party. Stop asking why)
Bring Me The Horizon
Dragonforce (I guess headbanging at their show will cause me some serious neck issues)
Enter Shikari
Flogging Molly
Jan Delay & Disko No. 1
Juliette Lewis
Killswitch Engage
Korn (They’re not what they used to be, but still awesome enough to see)
Limp Bizkit (purely out of nostalgia)
Mando Diao
Marilyn Manson (saw him, or more accurate “it” live at Rock am Ring…2006 I think. The show was aweful, but the music was awesome!)
Middle Class Rut
Peter, Björn & John
Peter Fox (Go check him out on YouTube)
Polarkreis 18
Scouting For Girls
Slipknot (Awesome show + awesome music = hell yeah!)
The Gaslight Anthem (You don’t know them? Pfsht! Go change that)
The Killers
The Kooks
The Prodigy
The Script
The Subways

Gaaaahhh…..I didnt wanna waste money this summer for festivals. Gaahhh….can…hardly…resist…