European style telephone booth (box) at Hiroo

Are we in London? NO no, but yes a telephone booth caught our attention today and we though to cover this place in … not London, the city with its ubiquitous red colored telephone boxes. We move closer to the telephone box, some green color item inside and “HIRO” words in the background… any ideas

Tokyo Station 100 Year Anniversary version of the Yamanote Train

Brown color Yamanote Train?? YEP that is what the JR has put out this year to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Tokyo Station. The train ir decorated beautifully on the exterior with brown color sticker wrappings with the message depicting the 100 year anniversary. The train doors have the 1914 to 2014 written

A Cathedral in Tokyo : Holy Resurrection Cathedral (Nicholai-Do)

On a cold winter day in December, walking to the Shinto Shrine Kanda Myojin I noticed a dome like structure in the distance and the overall European feel the structure had. I found out from searching the internet that it is the Tokyo Resurrection Cathedral which also goes by the name of “Nicholai-do”. Decided to

Pink in February? Plum blossoms at Yushima Tenjin Shrine

Still the month of February and longing for the spring in Tokyo? Visit the many gardens in Tokyo sporting the Plum blossoms called “Ume” in local Japanese. Yushima Tenman-gu Shrine near Ueno Station. Yushima Tenman-gū Shrine or Yushima Tenjin is a Shinto shrine in Tokyo, Japan devoted to Tenjin, the Kami of Learning. Due to

Free NEW Manga at Naruto Art Exhibition in Tokyo and Osaka

No more NARUTO, a coworker told me a month back after the Shonen Jump ended the 72 volume run of the popular Ninja character in November of 2014. The anime series is still ongoing and in our visit to the Roppongi Hills last week, we collected this pamphlet of NARUTO art exhibition being organized in

Roppongi Hills : Enjoy Authentic Hyderabad Chicken Biryani in Tokyo

There are so many Indian restaurants in Tokyo run by Pakistani’s, Nepali’s and Indian’s and most have the staple menu of NAN and CURRY, with some restaurants also selling the locally popular saffron rice. to know who has got authentic items takes an Indian and I have been visiting many restaurants in the city and have

Chidorigafuchi Cherry blossoms and the beautiful night time illumination

The Cherry Blossom season is a month away towards the end of March (This year its predicted between March 25, 2015 and March 31 2015 for the blossoms) and its time to mark our calendar for this year’s Hana-mi (flower-viewing) events in the metropolis. Personal favorite : The Chidorigafuchi Cherry blossoms at Kudanshita, nearby the

Autumn : Marunouchi and Tokyo Station in Maidenhair yellow colors

Autumn in the Tokyo Metropolis is a mix of the architecture and nature. The Marunouchi area (area surrounding the Tokyo Station) has many trees of Ginkgo Biloba or Maidenhair which change colors in the autumn (usually mid November to first week of December). Marunouchi district is located between the Tokyo Station and the Imperial Garden

Kameido Tenjin Shrine : Plum blossoms in February

Kameido Tenjin Shrine, also known as Shitamachi-no Tenjin-sama (Tenjin shrine of downtown Tokyo) is famous for the Kameido Ume Matsuri, plum blossoms in the month of February and March as the city takes turn for the spring season. There are around 200 plum trees, as the diety enshrined here Sugawara no Michizane is enshrined, is

Kanda Myojin Shrine and the anime/manga “Love Live!” version of good luck charms

In Japan, people traditionally go to a shrine or a temple and write their wish (or thanks if a wish came true) on a wooden tablet–called “ema” (Japanese: 絵馬), good luck charm –that has a picture of a horse (or sometimes another animal) on the back, and then hang the tablet at the temple or