Posts Tagged ‘English’

East Asia is a very spiritual region. No matter where you go you can always find a little temple, an antique shrine or an interesting church. All the different religions often peacefully coexist along side each other, creating a whole new way of thinking and believing. In Japan people tend to say “Japanese are born as Shintos, marry as Christians and die as Buddhist!” I believe that exactly this kind of thinking, where people are free to choose from a variety of ideas, rather than following ‘the one and only path’ can help us to become better humans. This article however is not about Religion but about the most stunning Temples and Churches in East Asia. I am pretty sure, that everybody, no matter if religious or not can appreciate the beauty of these amazing buildings.

Ostasien ist eine sehr spirituelle Region. Egal wo man hingeht, überall findet man kleine Tempel, antike Schreine und interessante Kirchen. All diese unterschiedlichen Religionen existieren meist friedlich neben einander, was einen völlig neuen Weg des Denkens und des Glaubens kreiert. In Japan neigt man zum Beispiel zu sagen: “Japaner werden als Shintoisten geboren, heiraten als Christen und sterben als Buddhisten!” Ich glaube, dass genau diese Denkensweise, in der Menschen von einer Vielzahl an Ideen frei wählen können, anstatt  nur dem ‘einen richtigen Weg’ zu folgen, uns helfen kann bessere Menschen zu werden. Der Artikel ist jedoch nicht über Religion sondern über die atemberaubensten Tempel und Kirchen in Ostasien. Ich bin mir ganz sicher, dass Jeder, egal ob nun religiös oder auch nicht, die Schönheit dieser bewundernswerten Gebäude zu würdigen weiß. 

Thailand: Country of a million golden Buddha

In Thailand Buddha is everywere! And not just one or two but a whole army of lying, sitting, standing, sleeping, eating and meditating Buddhas. No matter what form, size or position Buddha got them all.

In Thailand ist Buddah überall. Und nicht nur ein oder zwei, sondern eine ganze Armee von liegenden, sitzenden, stehenden, schalfenden, essenden und meditierenden Buddhas. Egal in welcher Form, Größe oder Position, Buddha hat sie alle!

Colourful Taiwan

Taiwan is an explosion of the senses. So many colours, so many incense and so many people. Here the religion is truly alive!

Taiwan ist eine Explosion der Sinne. So viele Farben, so viele Räucherstäbchen und so vieleMenschen. Hier ist die Religion wahrlich am Leben.

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Only one month in 4 different countries is definitely not enough to get a very deep insight into each society and to fully understand its people. But even though I could only scratch on the surface of the interesting and often very mysterious cultures of these four East Asian countries I still managed to meet many extraordinary and fascinating people.  Each one of them very different from each other but at the same time they were united by the deep kindness that they showed towards me. In fact I did not only managed to see around 15 of my friends in their own countries but I was also lucky enough to have a home and family to stay with at nearly every place I went. This gave me the possibility to get a deeper insight into the culture, family-life and traditions, which I would never have had as a normal tourist. Instead of following the normal “Lonely Planet” tour route like everybody else, I had local experts that showed me their favourite restaurants, temples and places and introduced me to many new even more interesting people.

My whole journey started in Bangkok, which is like a massive ants nest. People are everywhere: on the pedestrian, the street, the water…just everywhere; and you are in the middle of them, like a little lost bug that doesn’t really belong to the others. What impressed me the most about Bangkok is the ability of the people to communicate with foreigners. Living in Japan, a country with one of the highest educational standards in the World, it can be sometimes very hard, even in Tokyo, to get along without Japanese knowledge. Even though Japanese study a lot of English in school, the majority is incapable of communicate properly in the World language. In Bangkok on the other side people have realised that they can make a lot of money by dealing with foreigners. Many of these  ‘uneducated’  cheap workers in Thailand can therefore speak why much better English than the high paid, well-educated Salary Man in Japan. A fact that was striking me. In Bangkok itself I had probably the deepest conversation with a Tailor from Nepal, who was making a Suit for me. Beside of the fact that he made an excellent suit it was also interesting to hear his reasons for coming to Thailand and to see his passion for Bollywood movies.

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A little collection of funny English that can be found all over Japan.

You better watch out, these Zombie-Birds just won’t die…

 

 

 

Yeah, that’s a statement that I support completely

 

 

Sorry, what? If they don’t sell, just change your marketing strategy!

 

 

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