At May 25th there was the “Japantag” (日本デー/Japanday) in Düsseldorf. It’s held every year and is really popular among Japanfreaks in Germany. So obviously it is cramped like hell.
The program-mainpoints are directly at the Rhein Boardwalk. There you can find some information stands about Japan and it’s culture, also some selling stands with anime-goods, yukatas, cosplay-stuff and japanese food (Ramen, Takoyaki, Gyoza, etc.). Also there are stages, where japanese musicians (no popular ones), dancers and japanese kindergartens perform, also there are stages for Japanese Sport performances (like Kendo and Karate) and for Karaoke- and Cosplay-Competition. The boardwalk is also the place where a great japanese firework is being shown.
For the Japanday there is also a framework programme. You can visit a japanese temple for free, where you can see a Ikebanda exhibition, also you can see documentations of Japan at the cinema, visit a japanese drawing exhibition and so on.
For this event the people come from everywhere in Germany. Some of the visitors are coming in Yukata, but most of them doing Cosplay. I’m not that much of a Cosplay-Fan (anymore… 10 years ago I thought it would be cool) but they should do like they want to. Years ago, when it became popular in Germany going on Conventions and dressing up for them, most of the costumes were made with much care. Bute lately it became a mainstream thing and the costumes are looking like they done it in 5 Minutes. Without many details, crappy stitching, not fitting. Normally I don’t think bad about people, who aren’t 90-60-90, I’m not looking like that either! But… Seeing a wider-than-high Sailor Moon in a way too small and poor made Costume, showing every fatroll and the underwear lines – that was horrible (((o(><;)(;><)o)))
For me it was the 4th time at the Japanday. Every time I spend the day different.
The first time. I was so excited! I wanted to go to the Japanday before, but it’s about 600km from my hometown and because it was too expensive to go to Düsseldorf just for a day, I didn’t go. But starting with university in Düsseldorf I could go – finally (*´∇｀*)
I spend it with my at that time best male friend and an other friend of us. It was damn hot. But we had a lot of fun, strolling around, drinking cold beer and watching other people. Later that day a Japanese friend (my Date that time) came to us and I watched the fireworks with him.
I went with a japanese friend of mine and a japanese friend of him. It was funny seeing the jealous looks from all the girls. They were like “OMG! I can she dare coming here with 2 tall, cool japanese guys?! They should come with me!” ;D
While waiting for the fireworks we went to a korean restaurant (where they played and showed music videos of K-Pop Artists <3) because the Japanese ones were way too cramped.
I went with a good friend of mine and a friend of him. After about 2 hours drinking expensive beer and watching the Karaoke failures, we went to a supermarket and bought a whole box of beer. We went to the other side of the river, drinking beer, lying in the sun and waiting for the firework to start. It was so much fun!
As you see… I only gone there with male friends XD” It’s just that many girls dislike me, thinking I am arrogant or too flirty with guys or something like that. In my opinion it’s just easier to make friends with guys, girls are too bitchy 😛 But this year it was different!
I went with two of my best friends who I know since 5th grade! First there were 2 other girls too, but they did only know one of us 3 so they clinked out soon. (Sorry!)
Unlike the last 3 years, it wasn’t warm at all. It was windy, cold and it rained. We only went back and forth once. First we watched a kindergarten group singing (sooooo cute!), then we was looking at the stands a bit and at the evening we were going to eat at a japanese restaurant. I didn’t look at the clock, but I think we had to stand in line for 1 hour til we got a table! If you are visiting Düsseldorf you should eat at “Takumi” on the Immermann Str. It’s the best!
Because the weather was so bad and we were tired and full from the meal, we went home. My actual plan was going home, resting for 2 hours, pimping myself, going to watch the firework or watching it at television and then going to a club, where they hold a J-Pop/K-Pop Party. But …. I fall asleep til 1p.m. the next day. XD” Obviously the week before the Japanday was really tiring! The night from Monday to Tuesday was a birthday party, so I could get only 2 hours sleep before university, Wednesday university the all day long (having to stand up at 6a.m. and coming home at 9p.m.), Thursday University again, Friday University and then unexpectedly I had to work till 1a.m. And on Saturday it was the day of the days – the Japanday. All the week long, I only slept 4 hours at the maximum! (<__<;)
On Sunday I didn’t do much. Just lying on my couch watching television and dorama (“Rich Man, Poor Woman”, I really like that dorama. I watched it last year while it was aired, but I had to re-watch it because of a course in University. I wish every course would be about dorama XD). Although I slept ~15hours that night, I felt drained and my feet hurt like hell; ’cause I wore High Heels on Saturday and since 1 or 2 years I almost don’t wear High Heels. I’m not used to it anymore…. But the shoes are just too cute to let them get dusty.
Even if my plans for the Japanday were different, it was fun and nice. I’m trying to see my best friends as much as possible. Leaving them for a year… ha… I will miss them!! 。・ﾟﾟ･(≧д≦)･ﾟﾟ･｡