|Introduction of Germany|
|What kind of Country is Germany?|
|This page is made by the students of Japanese school in Dusseldorf for friends in other countries.|
|Official name: The Federal Republic of Germany
Capital City: Berlin
Population: about 81,750,000 people
Population Density: 230 persons/ ku
Area: about 357,000ku
Language: German (Deutsch)
Currency: EURO (1 Euro= 100 Eurocents)
Notes: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000 Euro
Coins: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 cents 1, 2 Euro
The time difference from GMT: +1 hour
|Denmark (The Kingdom of Denmark)
Holland (The Kingdom of the Netherlands)
Belgium (The Kingdom of Belgium)
Luxembourg (The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg)
France (The French Republic)
Switzerland (The Swiss Confederation)
Austria (The Republic of Austria)
Czech (The Czech Republic)
Poland (The Republic of Poland)
|Germany is an associate member of the European Union (EU), North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and the United Nations (UN).|
|Frankfurt and Hamburg are two major cities in Germany. The names of foods,
like efrankfurterf or ehamburger,f come from the names of these cities.
Germany is famous for sausages. There are many kinds of sausages in butchers
Potatos are the main staple food in Germany. Thus there are many kinds of food with potatoes; mashed potatoes, french fries ...etc. They taste more delicious than those in Japan.
Beer and wine are some of the most famous things in Germany. Dusseldorf has its original beer, ealtbierf which peple can buy or drink in most bars or restaurants. There are a lot of bars and restaurants where people can drink it.
|There are different types of railways in Germany. The railroads that are spread all over Germany are called DB (Deutsche Bahn). There are also the fast or express trains called gICEh (Inter City Express) too. There are also buses, streetcars and subways running through the cities, and they are very convenient. The difference between Germany and Japan is that stations in Germany donft have any ticket gates. There're ticket machines on trains and buses, whereby passengers have to stamp their tickets as a form of payment.|
|The most famous place in Germany is eNeuschwanstein Castlef. You have probably seen a castle like this somewhere. Yes, this castle is the model for eCinderellaCastlef in Tokyo Disneyland. A prince on a horse should be coming out of it, donft you think?|
|Rothenburg is also famous. This small town is on the gRomantic Roadh and
is surrounded by castle walls. This town is famous for houses made of wood,
gwooden housesh. This city is like a place that comes out of a fairy tale.
In the old times Rothenburg was the second largest city in Germany with a population of 6,000. Today, this city is famous as a tourist site.
|3)||The River Rhine (Der Rhein)|
|The Rhine runs through the town of Dusseldorf. People in Germany call the river gGerman Rhineh. Therefs no doubt the Rhine is one of the greatest rivers in Europe. It comes from Switzerland, through Germany and finally ends its journey in the Netherlands. In the German Rhine, there is gLorelei,h where a beautiful woman who is said to wreck ships by her song sits. We can follow the Rhine and see castles along it. It is one of the reasons to visit Germany.|
|Relation with Japan|
|Japan exports foods, automobiles and many mechanical, electronic products.
From Germany, many medicines and chemicals are imported to Japan. Both
of these countriesf import and export goods that are worth over one trillion
yen. So you could say that Japan and Germany are good trade partners.
The constitution of imperial Japan, which was made by Ito Hirobumi in the Meiji era was based on Germanyfs Weimar Constitution. In the Showa era, Japan took Korea under control, and moved into China. At the same time, Germany was at war with France and the UK.@In 1940, Japan made an alliance with Germany and Italy. The year after, Japan started a war against the US and the UK. However in 1945, both Germany and Japan surrendered and the war ended. As you can see Japan and Germany has a close relationship.
Composers like Beethoven, and Schumann are well-liked in Japan, and Germany has a lot of famous orchestras which often play in Japan.
|German people take much care of the environment. They have some ways to protect the environment.|
|1)||hToxic waste must be separated and collected.h|
|Materials like dry batteries, medical products, chemical paints and oils, which cause harm to the environment, are separated and collected.|
|2)||hUsable waste must be recycled.h|
|You see many containers for recycling throughout the towns. There are containers for Altpapier(used paper), Altglas(used glass, bottles), and the other recyclable materials, i.e. metals, synthetic resin and compound material. Moreover, altglas is separated and collected according to color; green, brown and transparent.|
|3)||hDonft make much waste!h|
|We take our own bags for shopping, so that we will not use plastic bags.|
|g Recycling containersh|
|From right: Altpapier (blue), Altpapier (blue), Altglas;|
|(green, transparent(white) and brown)|
|the other waste which is recyclable|
|Do you know Grimmfs fairy tales? You may know gThe Musicians of Bremenh. Grimmfs fairy tales are written by the Grimm brothers, who lived in Germany. The scenes of those fairy tales are often seen in Germany, where you can see the old buildings, streets, and so on, associated with Grimmfs fairy tales.|
|TITLE||Scenes of Grimmfs fairy tales
|gThe Musicians of Bremenh||Bremen|
|gThe Pied Piper of Hamelinh||Hameln|
|gLittle Red Riding Hoodh||Alsfeld|
|gHansel And Gretelh||Reinhardt|