Tokyo in #180sec

With One Another – Against One Another: 180 Seconds Tokyo

Tokyo, the city of loneliness: for many the Japanese metropolis is the symbol of the anonymous big city. In Shimokitazawa, Tokyo’s Greenwich Village, the city shows itself from a very different side. Cat lover and civil rights activist Kenji Shimodaira, the self-made restaurant owner Kumiko Yamamoto and the vinyl connoisseur Masao Tsubaki describe the cooperation and conflict in their neighbourhood.

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More about the #180sec project on goethe.de/180sec

 

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The Week in Germany: Tanken, Caves, Berlin

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Filling Up on Summer

“You know that feeling you get on a Sunday afternoon. It’s late summer and the sun is still strong and warm, but it is losing its lemony light. It is turning golden, and the afternoons feel like they’ll slip out the back door if you turn your back for a second, rather than hang around for what seems like forever, finally bowing out well after everyone else is tucked up in bed. That sense of endlessness that colours the crisp mornings of Spring, that feeling of ‘we have time’ that seeps into June days, has disappeared, and in its place settles the knowledge that all of this colour, all of this light, is changing.” Read the rest of the essay on Liv Hambrett’s blog.

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Travel in Germany: The Loreley am Rhine

by California Globetrotter

Photo copyright J.W. Alker, dpa

Loreley. Photo copyright J.W. Alker, dpa

My real first name is Lorelei. I was named after my mother’s middle name which my grandma had given to my mother. As to where my grandma found the name Lorelei, I have no idea. As to why she gave it to my mom, I also sadly have no idea. However, my father loved my mom’s middle name so much, I was blessed with the unique, very uncommon first name of Lorelei.

It wasn’t until I was in the 8th grade, when I switched from learning Spanish to German, that I learned my name was German and came with a story.  Ever since that moment, every other person upon learning that my real name isn’t just “Lori” but Lorelei, always ask me if I have ever been to, seen, or know of the Loreley am Rhine and the story behind it.

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Wordless Wednesday: German Roamers

We’re switching things up here at Wordless Wednesday (oh no, WORDS, I have broken the Wordless Wednesday code!) and instead of sharing a regular old photo (gorgeous and interesting as they often were), featuring our favorite Instagram photo from the previous week every Wednesday, or a handful from our favorite accounts.  If you’d like to be considered for a feature, tag your photos with #myyounggermany. See you behind the camera.

For our debut, we’re featuring one of our favorite Instagram accounts, German Roamers. Their photos are truly extraordinary.

Let’s get lost in this german fairytale. Photo by @hannes_becker #roamsaxony

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Welcome to Hamburg: The Migrant Expats Show You the Hansestadt

Every week on the Young Germany Instagram account we feature a different expat in a different German city. Last week we got to know Hamburg via The Migrant Expats. Check out some of their most popular photos and follow us on Instagram to get to know Frankfurt a little better this week!

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#180sec in Rio de Janeiro

With One Another – Against One Another: 180 Seconds Rio de Janeiro

Eddu Grau is a musician. He lives in the Complexo do Alemão – in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. The area is the scene of numerous conflicts between residents and police. Eddu has transformed the building in which he lives into a space for artists: in Barraco#55 he wants to show the world that the Complexo do Alemão is a place not only of conflict but also of art.

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Click on the image to start the video

More about the #180sec project on goethe.de/180sec

 

 

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100 Interesting Facts About Germany

by California Globetrotter

Photo copyright dpa

Photo copyright dpa

1. Germans are the second biggest beer consumers in the world after the Czechs!

2. Therefore, I need to mention that in Bavaria, beer is considered food.

3. The youngest billionaire in Germany is the German Prince Albert II von Thurn und Taxis right here in Regensburg!

4. At the moment, Germany is Europe’s strongest economy.

5. There are 1,300 breweries in Germany with over 5,000 different variations of beer.

6. During WWI, Germany was the first country to start using Daylight Savings.

7. Apparently, Germany was one of the last countries to ban smoking indoors in restaurants and the workplace because government officials were afraid to imitate Nazi officials who looked down upon smoking.

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