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biking to iamas

some photos taken while on my way to iamas. iamas is north of the city centre in a more rural part of ogaki.

sake brewery...

rice patches everywhere...

mirrors in the street corners are very helpful. the streets are narrow and the cars don't take much consideration.

coffee machines

today, after one week, i finally managed to outsmart the vending machine to give me plain, hot, sugar-free coffee. i tried so many combinations but always ended up with some variation on ice/sugar/milk coffee.
in nearly every street corner there's a vending machine with hot coffee in cans. have yet to find a brand without sugar in them. the machine i mastered is in the basement of iamas. a coffee there is 80yen ≈ €0,48 ≈ 4,5sek

lunch

i already had so much nice and well prepared food. and it is not so expensive as i feared.
for lunch i go to a diner near iamas. riceballs with sidedish + miso soup + coffee = 750yen ≈ €4,5 ≈ 42sek
goggle maps

also i had a lot of okonomiyaki of course. one of my favourite japanese dishes and for my welcoming party the cmc/iamas staff cooked okonomiyaki specially for me. very nice of them.

it's just slightly problematic to find vegetarian food. so i do eat seafood and fish while i'm here. also i wouldn't want to miss out on the excellent sushi.

rist

iamas arranged a very nice place for me to stay in. quite big and with a balcony.

the coffee machine just outside saved me a few times already.

the place (rist) is in central ogaki and it takes about 15min on the bike to go to iamas. but for me usually a lot longer - there are some many interesting things to stop and look at! and so many small and winding backstreets to explore. also i get lost now and then - often on purpose.
ogaki is perfect for biking around. i just need to concentrate to keep to the left side of the road.

another thing i seem to be unable to learn is that the water tap in my kitchen open downwards. so i need to pull it up to stop the water flow. hm. all these little habits you never notice.

long haul

travel is not what it used to be. no glamour, no fun - just painful transportation and a waste of time.

i did my usual trick for long flights: skip sleep the night before. on the plane order a whiskey and then pull the blanket over your head... crash. you'll wake up for breakfast and it'll feel like morning. hardly any jetlag. this time i stayed awake for about 30 hours.

after a nice bbq at k-ita, i spent the last night in berlin packing and backing up my harddisks. in the morning i did pass out on the flight berlin-frankfurt but only for a short moment. as this flight was delayed i was a bit worried, and it turned out i had to run to the gate to catch my flight to nagoya.
but i got there, my whiskey came and i fell asleep. unfortunately my seat was next to the toilets and the plane was packed with japanese tourists (elderly people) that couldn't sit still. so lots of people hanging around just next to me in the aisle. the blanket helped to ignore them.

at nagoya airport erin and yosuke from cmc/iamas came to meet me. of course my big bag hadn't made it and was still in frankfurt. but i had my wallet, computer and toothbrush so i was fine. the bag came the next day.

so now six months with only 2 bags worth of stuff. basically just my computer, some cables and adapters and some clothes. what a relive.

thank you ap and bi for the nice bag!

artist-in-residence at iamas

just started my artist-in-residence at iamas. 6 months in japan! wow.
i'll be posting some pictures and short reflections here.

the program is very generous and i'm very grateful and proud that they selected me. www.iamas.ac.jp/E/AIR/about.html

iamas stands for Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences / International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences. it's a very nice place with lots of creative people, great facilities and long history of interesting research/work being done.

my studio is very nice. problem is only what to do with all the empty space. my setup is minimal: computer, soundcard, controller and then i borrow a pair of speakers.

view from the studio. it's on the 4th floor in the iamas old building. on clear days you can see high beautiful mountains in the distance...

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