Bikini Berlin – Shop Different

A new shopping mall opened its doors to the public today in Berlin, located in the western area of downtown Berlin (near Kurfürstendamm), next to the Berlin Zoo, the newly reopened Zoo Palast and facing the new Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

The Bikini Berlin is Berlin’s first Concept Mall, on about 17,000m², you can find a collection of carefully selected and perfectly matched boutiques, concept and flagship stores as well as restaurants and service providers.

You also have a great view on Berlin’s Zoo and its animal kingdom through a panoramic window while drinking a coffee at the bar or enjoying the sun on the terrace.

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Apple Flagship Store Coming to Berlin

According to some rumors, Apple will open a new store at Kurfürstendamm 26 in Berlin. It will be Apple’s flagship store in Germany with 5000 m² on 6 floors, so there will be plenty of space for every apple product ever made.

The building, once used by Microsoft as a showroom location, was one of the first true movie theaters in the city, opened in 1913 under the name Union Palace.

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Danbo is here!

I bought a Danbo from amazon.co.jp, the Japanese version of Amazon. I wanted to test how long it would take to send a package from Japan to Berlin and I was pretty surprised after it arrived in less than 2 weeks, considering that I have to wait up to 5 days to get something from amazon.de.

Danbo is the anime figure Miura Hayasaka in a cardboard box suit from the Japanese manga series Yotsuba!. The plastic figure, from the Revoltech line by the company Kaiyodo, has movable joints, light up eyes and stands around 8cm tall.

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Japan Festival Berlin-Steglitz 2010

The third Asian festival this year, the Japan Festival Berlin-Steglitz (located in the Steglitz district of Berlin), but this time it was more like a little Japanese market rather than a festival. Tables loaded with all kinds of Japanese goods. Figures, books, Japanese snacks and foods, chopsticks and ramen bowls, all those things you wouldn’t find at your local supermarket.

I tried a japanese lemonade called Ramune, it tasted a bit like Sprite, but less sweet.
It also had a very pungent cough syrup after-taste.

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Shop Window Plush Parade

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The Story of the Fall of the Wall, the Berlinale and the Friedrichstadtpalast, told by little animals.

That’s what you can see if you visit the Galeria Kaufhof near Berlin’s Alexanderplatz. Four shop windows were decorated with a really plushy Christmas decoration. Ten month were necessary to create, place and animate every single puppet, the senior decorator himself had the idea.

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