Nami, Slovenia, around and around

I decided to write a blog about my travel across Japan. My sister and I decided to go to Japan for three months and research the country a little bit. Since this page is related to my Digimon Website, there will be a lot of Digimon content – since my plan is to write a little bit about the locations we can see in the Digimon franchise. If that’s why you are here, feel free to look around!

"Let us be lovely
And let us be kind,
Let us be silly and free.
It won't make us famous,
It won't make us rich,
But damnit how HAPPY we'll be."
- Edward Monkton

One of my favourite Digimon character's song, enjoy:
Toshiko Fujita (Tai) - Yuuki wo Tsubasa ni Shite (勇気を翼にして):

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A few more!
Friday 4 August 2023 @ August 04, 2023
Okay, as I mentioned a month ago, I plan to add some extras to the Digimon World Tour posts. In the beginning of the 40th episode of the second season, there are a few places shown that are located in Europe. Since the Digidestined don't stop at these locations and are only shown briefly, I decided to search for them and create another short post about their real-life counterparts.

The first picture is included simply to maintain an even number of pictures for aesthetic purposes. In the series, the Digidestined traveled around the world and even flew there from space. The second picture features a cabin in the woods, and being from Europe, Switzerland immediately comes to mind. It's a random cabin, so I couldn't find an exact real-life picture since there are many similar ones. The scenic Alps from Slovenia to Switzerland could resemble it. Despite not having a comparable picture, I decided to include it because I found the drawing cute and the scenery appealing.

The third picture showcases Brandenburger Tor, the famous gate in Berlin, Germany. It is one of the best-known landmarks of the country and represents not only the tumultuous histories of Germany and Europe but also symbolizes European unity and peace. I have visited Brandenburger Tor multiple times since one of my best friends lives in Germany. It's a lovely place to stroll around, and I recall being there on New Year's Eve for a Pet Shop Boys concert. There were million of people on the street, and although I arrived late and couldn't see them on stage, it was a pleasant surprise to see the gate featured in the Digimon series.

The fourth picture is located in Vienna, Austria. It showcases Schloss Schönbrunn, a magnificent palace that stands as one of the most important architectural, cultural, and historic monuments in the country. The palace has been home to several historically significant figures, but I personally associate it with Empress Elisabeth (Sisi) due to a cartoon I watched as a child. It's a beautiful palace with a charming garden, and I had the opportunity to visit it a few times during school excursions. Those were fun times!

So, these three locations were the remaining ones to be sorted, and with this post, I have completed the 'research' of the World Tour from the second season. I still have some ideas about which location I could write about next, so stay tuned!

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Tuesday 4 July 2023 @ July 04, 2023
Best for last. I had been avoiding including the USA locations in the World Tour posts because there are so many different places to cover, and when I started searching for them, I couldn't find any promising information. However, in the beginning of the episode, we can see a scene in San Francisco. I recognized the Hyde street view on Alcatraz. The next show featured a desert road, which I believe is somewhere in Arizona due to the presence of cacti. It could possibly be the famous Route 66 or another road that crosses Arizona, such as Route 76 or Route 78. Unfortunately, I can't confirm the exact road from the pictures.

In the episode, we can see Digimon flying to New York, and for a brief moment, the Giants Stadium is visible. However, the Giants Stadium was demolished in February 2010, which is why I couldn't find it on Google Maps or post a picture of it. The stadium has been replaced by the MetLife Stadium, which is now the home of the New York Giants and New York Jets.

I was quite disappointed when I couldn't find any locations in Miami during my search. I thought it would be relatively easy to locate them, especially because of the distinctive red lifeguard chairs that are often associated with Miami. However, after exploring various Miami beaches, I realized that they only had small lifeguard towers instead of the iconic chairs. As a result, I will only be able to share the pictures from the series rather than real-life photographs of Miami locations.

Before showing all the Digimon in New York, there are a few seconds of footage featuring the Niagara Falls. Following that, all the subsequent scenes take place in New York. In one particular moment, we catch a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty, and considering that the series was made in the early 2000s, we can even see the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in the background.

We can also spot a bridge in the series, which appears to be located in the suburbs of New York. After conducting some research, it seems to be the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge. In the series, there is a picture of the bridge showing signs indicating its connection to various destinations such as JFK Airport, New Jersey, South Beach, and Hylan Boulevard. If you take Interstate 278, which is an auxiliary Interstate Highway in New Jersey and New York, you can access all of these locations.

The next location shown multiple times is Central Park. It's not clear which specific part of the park it represents, but it seems to combine different features like fences, benches, and a lake. You can try to find a similar area in Central Park with these elements to get a close match to the scene in the series.

Before reaching Rockefeller Center, there is a brief shot of the Empire State Building. The main fight takes place at Rockefeller Center, specifically next to the Prometheus statue. Overall, the locations depicted in Digimon are quite accurate. However, there are some slight differences, such as the background of the statue being slightly altered. It's understandable that there would be some changes after more than 20 years, so it's expected that the background may not match exactly.

The final location shown in the series is (presumably) the Manhattan Bridge. Mimi's parents are driving to Central Park to find Mimi, and they have to cross from the previous bridge mentioned to reach this one. After examining various bridges in the area, I believe this one bears the closest resemblance to the bridge depicted in the series.

However, I encourage you to verify it yourself if you have the opportunity. This concludes the trip to the USA in the Digimon World Tour, with some additional extras to be revealed next month. Stay tuned to find out more!

Till then! 

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¡Buenas noches!
Saturday 3 June 2023 @ June 03, 2023

Another month another destination. Matt and Ken go with Davis to Miami (Florida, USA) to meet up with their american digidestined friend Michael. While Davis goes to New York with Michael, Ken and Matt fly to Acapulco, Mexico. Acapulco is a major seaport and is also Mexico's largest beach and resort city. In the episode 42 (02 season) we can see some hotels for a few seconds. There is this one with very specific shape and if I'm not wrong that is actually HS Hotsson Smart Acapulco hotel. Check it out below. 

Matt, Ken and their Digimon leave Acapulco as soon as they destroy the Dark tower because all the Digimon they're after escaped east to the Mayan ruins in Palenque. Everything is happening at night so we can only see the Pakal Palenque Pyramid a bit in the dark guarded by some policemen. With Jose's help (another copy of Gennai) they manage to go inside the Pyramid. The corridors that are shown in the series could be the same as it is inside. 

That's actually pretty much it. They find all the Digimon they were searching for inside the Pyramid and they send them back in the digital world, leave the city and return to other digidestined to pick up Sora and Yolei from Russia. 

I have to say I really liked the idea of Ken speaking a bit of spanish. He was the talented one and hearing him speak another language is totally believable. 

Today's research is a bit short but I'm sure next post is going to be a bit longer. The only part that is left is Davis's visit to America, so the next month will be the last post about the Digimon World tour. Till then! 

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