13 October 2010

Morning walk in Toyko

The best book I have read this summer was “Just Kids” by Patti Smith, where she talks about her relationship with the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and their artistic lives in New York City. Get inspired and read! 
Get wrapped by jaguar, leopard and tiger prints, surround yourself with them at home and look forward for cold autumn nights in front of the fireplace.
Buy the new Ladureé letter set (29.95 GBP) and send hand-written letters to all the friends you have met during your summer vacation. It brings back the nicest memories of long hot summer days.
I am drawing, looking, collecting, watching and drawing again. In between I go to art supply shops, movies, theatre plays, fashion stores, libraries, museums and bookshops and then I am drawing again.
Have your picture taken in your favourite animal house at the zoo. The company of animals calms you down and makes you happy and they make the perfect backdrop for a great photo of yourself.
My favourite apples have to be hard and sour, just picked from a tree on a golden day in autumn. I especially love Fuji, Braeburn and Cox Orange. I eat them during the day, make fresh juices out of them, eat them cooked with Porridge in the morning or bake them into my bread together with milled almondé. They are the best medicine for your entire body and stock up your vitamin C levels for the long winter months.
Take long walks in the afternoon and run around your favourite park. Soon the days will be shorter and you will spend a lot of time inside on your yoga mat instead. Practise your Pranayama breathing techniques when you walk outside at sunrise or sunset to take the best energy home within you.
To avoid jet lag, I take (already before I leave for Tokyo) 1 tablet every hour of 2 calcium phosphoric D6 after Dr. Schüßler. It makes everything easier while traveling and arriving in a new time zone. Being not alone when you arrive helps enormously. Go for walks in public gardens, meet with friends and do avoid room service!
I am leaving for Tokyo on a night flight with ANA Airlines – my first choice to travel to Japan because of the wonderful service, the fine Japanese cuisine, and the lovely statements and tips in the in-flight menu.

I start my first day in Tokyo with a morning walk to the Shinto shrine Meiji Jingu. Shinto values the harmony with nature and that is what I experience when I walk from my hotel to the huge park where the shrine is located. All of a sudden I am in a jungle-like nature with exotic birds, humid air and a temple full of happenings. Weddings, baptisms and Japanese people who write their wishes on a wooden board to have them come true.

Go early in the morning and the place is yours. Then walk further into Harajuko where you will soon meet hundreds of teenagers who show off their latest fashion styles, which are also reflected in the many fashion boutiques around that area.

My preferred hotel in Tokyo is still the Park Hyatt in Shinjuku-kith. Their health club, The Club on the Park, on the 45th floor has a large swimming pool with a magnificent view over Tokyo. The hotel is huge but you have the feeling of being in an intimate, exclusive place.

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