Tokyo Midtown Cherry Blossoms, the good and the bad

Tokyo has many famous cherry blossom spots, Chidorigafuchi in Kudanshita, Meguro River at Naka-Meguro, Sumida River in Asakusa. The Roppongi area, relatively new, has emerged as a location for blossoms with the arrival of Roppongi Hills and The Tokyo Midtown. Chidorigafuchi is about beautiful light-up, Meguro is about romantic setup on the river side, the blossoms  in

Unique conical roof Police box, KOBAN at Sukiyabashi to be rebuilt

The Sukiyabashi Traffic Square in Ginza just outside the Sony Building has a cute looking uniquely designed Police Box, Koban. Its been there ever since I came to Japan in 98. Koban, a place where you go asking for traffic directions, yeah I know its much more than that, but mostly traffic directions….. The Koban

Comapring Chidorigafuchi and Meguro River Cherry blossoms

Pink or White? : Comparing Meguro River vs Chidorigafuchi Cherry Blossoms (Sakura)

My mother tongue is Marathi. In my school days (Grade 8), the Marathi subject textbook , introduced me to Japan’s famed Cherry blossoms in a small chapter written by a well known Marathi writer P. L. Deshpande. He had described the delicate nature of these blossoms with PINK as the color of the flowers. My first experience of Cherry

Ueno Park Cherry Blossoms : iPhone 6 camera capability check

I love the camera system from the first iPhone which I have owned, the iPhone 3 and have been witness to the innovation progressing on the smartphone one generation after another. I have started to make many of my blog entries with some images taken from an iPhone 6 camera as against always depending on the

Godzilla appears at last, TOHO Cinemas in Shinjuku

UPDATE : The Godzilla Head has now been officially unveiled on April 09, 2015. YOU CAN GO SEE IT ONLY AFTER APRIL 17 THOUGH.  ORIGINAL STORY : A few months back we reported on the Hotel Gracery a themed hotel with magnificent view of the Godzilla figure, an awesome 39 feet (12 meters) Godzilla head to

Chibi Maruko Chan Cafe at Fuji TV Building in Odaiba

Learning a language goes much beyond vocabulary and involves a deeper insight into the culture and value systems. Japanese learning for me was no different to understand the beliefs and behaviours of regular Japanese and needed a glimpse into their society, their family life and overall upbringing that Japanese kids go through. FUJI TV has

Tokyo Tower Cherry Blossoms (Sakura)

Tokyo has many Cherry blossom spots across the city with Chidorigafuchi and Asakusa being some major attractions. Tokyo Tower is also one of our personal favourite with the Zojoji Shrine, a buddhist shrine providing a beautiful contrast in the cherry blossom season. The beauty of sakura (cherry blossoms) on the Zojoji grounds is enhanced due

Nearby in Kabukicho : Hanazono Shrine

Going around in Kabukicho in a salaryman suit can be an uncomfortable experience. Popular red light district of Shinjuku it was right next to the place where I used to visit a customer for my weekly meetings. Within all the noise of the services of the entertainment district and LED lights is a blissful and a

Sumida River cherry blossom illumination with the Tokyo Skytree backdrop

Sumida Park, the popular tourism spot next at Asakusa attracts a lot of visitors during the hanami (cherry blossom viewing) season. With the Tokyo Skytree coming up in the backdrop since 2011, the cherry blossoms have become more of a central place to visit for hanami crowds, and the night time illumination is on my

50 years of Shibuya : Tokyu Plaza’s farewell photo exhibit, a time slip experience

Tokyu Plaza Shibuya shopping complex, closing down on March 22 for renovation! They have put up a “Time Slip Gallery” an exhibition which is simply mind boggling with the transformation of Shibuya in the past 50 years. I have been in Japan only since 1998, so for me it is a very new experience to

Ark Hills Sakura Festival in Tokyo

Parks, riversides, ponds, hiking trails—that’s what comes to mind first when thinking about Japan’s hanami (flower, in particular cherry blossom watching) in spring. However, the city itself offers some interesting cherry blossom viewing spots, too. Ark Hills with its only recently built Sengokuyama Residence and Izumi Garden Tower in Roppongi Itchome are both modern complexes, presenting

Eitaibashi – The “eternal” bridge on Sumida River with a painful history

Tokyo’s Sumida River is famous among tourists for the ferry rides on the river which pass below many historical bridges. One of the bridge is Eitai-bashi near the Monzen-nakacho area which is our favorite for a morning walk with beautiful skyscraper skyline views. Historically there was a island here names Eitai-Jima (eternal island) and a