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During my 4 week visit in Japan I made a lot of photos. Some might be of interest to everyone, some pictures might only be of interest to the participants or their relatives.

Note: if you wish to use any of these pictures you can email me for written permission. None of the images or photos on this website can be re-used without prior written permission of Berend Dekens

Please click on one of the images below to jump to the album for the specified week.

Photos from week 1

Photos from week 2

Photos from week 3

Photos from week 4

Update: I am currently uploading my collection of over 2700 photos. Most picturers that are OOF are removed but some others are still present

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Ofcourse I’m not going alone to Japan and I’m also not the only one with a blog Laughing

On this page I will link to blogs from other people who are coming along as well as some other links.

Bonsai Blogs

Blog listing
Blog owner URL
Luuk Peters
Roald Dijkstra
Michel Jansen



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Anime music

After all is said and done… well I just had to post some anime music videos. I picked some soundtracks from my favorite shows and found the video clips. (I’m gonna be so broke if I find a music store in Osaka or Tokyo ;-))

For starters, lets begin with Origa. The song is called Rise and is the first opening tune for Ghost In The Shell: the 2nd GIG. Note that I couldn’t find a video clip of this song so this is the opening itself: {flv}demo/Origa_-_Rise{/flv}

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Posting offline

The problem with being handy with websites is the fact that you manage to find new stuff to do over and over again (especially when your are supposed to be working on other stuff ;-))

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Current music in Japan

I was toying with the video embedding earlier on and during the Japanese course I take suddenly the question arises what kind of music is popular in Japan. As I already had some names and links at the ready I decided to throw this mashup together.

Note that my Japanese still pretty much blows (sumimase, watashi wa aho desu) so I tried to get the current chart hits (but if I couldn’t find them I’d find something from the artist.

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Almost there…

In my last post I wrote about the styling of the site and how it was slowly coming together. Well I’m almost done with everything I wanted: frontpage – done, detail pages – done, menu – done, plugins – almost done etc… Right now I only need to update the template of the gallery and test out the new plugins I added to the site.

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First blog entry

This is the first entry I write on my brand new spanking blog Cool

While I’m typing this the whole site is still in a big overhaul but at least I’m making some slow progress to get the styles and components set up like I wanted. Next up is the installation of comments, the gallery and finishing the layout of this site.


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I will be visiting companies and looking at culture sites all over Japan but we will be focussing on Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo and their surroundings.

The visiting schedule is as follows:

Date DoW City Morning Afternoon Evening
09-02 Sat Enschede  
10-02 Sun Osaka Flight  
11-02 Mon Umeda Sky Building Fushimi Inari Dotombori
12-02 Tue Omron NAIST  
13-02 Wed Himeji Osaka University  
14-02 Thu NEC C&C Labs NTT CS Lab  
15-02 Fri
Nara Shigisan
16-02 Sat Osaka/Kyoto Kyoto Imperial Palace    
17-02 Sun Kyoto Hiroshima
18-02 Mon NICT ATR  
19-02 Tue Kyoto/Tokyo   Toyota Travel to Tokyo
20-02 Wed Tokyo Tokyo Denki University NHK  
21-02 Thu
22-02 Fri NII
JBL Match
23-02 Sat Nikko  
24-02 Sun      
25-02 Mon IBM TRL Fuji Xerox  
26-02 Tue Tokyo / Tsukuba Kajima JAXA  
27-02 Wed Tsukuba / Tokyo University of Tsukuba AIST  
28-02 Thu Tokyo Ubiquitous Ginza AGI  
29-02 Fri   Sharp  
01-03 Sat Tokyo/Enschede
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About Me

My name is Berend Dekens and this blog is about my trip to Japan in February and March of 2008. I am a student at the university of Twente and I am currently finishing my master degree in Embedded Systems. As small break from my study I’ve decided to go with the Bonsai study tour.

More to come soon!