Get your Tokyo Station 100th anniversary SUICA!!

UPDATE SEPTEMBER 23 : WE FINALLY RECEIVED OUR SUICA CARDS VIA MAIL. A SEVEN MONTH WAIT! UPDATE FEBRUARY 17, 2015 : Over 4.99 million orders for SUICA cards, will take over a year for delivery in phases!!! UPDATE : Jan 30, 2015 : we have booked our two SUICA cards. Order can be maximum 3 cards

Discover India in Japan : Saraswati idol at JR Koenji Azuma Dori

Financial transactions are one to one. 100 yen money for 100 yen worth of goods and services. Exchange (give and take) 100 dollars with your friend and both of you have 100 dollars. Exchange an idea with your friend and both of you have two ideas. Knowledge doubles. In the Hindu mythology is a term called “Saraswati-dan” , loosely

Tokyo in snow : Nishi Kasai, Seishin cho goes white and silent

February 14, 2014. The local weather in Tokyo had reported snowfall through the night and we were prepared for the next morning to be a rough one with snow accumulated on the neighborhood streets. What we were not prepared however was the amount of snowfall and the overall impact it would have on the city.

Discover India in Japan : Ashes of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at Renkoji

The Indian footprint in Japan is quite varied and includes not only cultural aspects but even political scenarios. One such political footprint in Tokyo is of the Indian freedom fighter, well known in India, Subhas Chandra Bose who was born late in the 19th century when India was occupied by the British, and has lead

Tokyo in Snow : Tokyo Station goes silent and white

This (below) is what the Tokyo Station looks like on a normal evening as seen from the Maru Biru 7th  observation floor. The Tokyo Station, in 2014, completed 100 years from the time it was built in the last century and the design has been restored to its original beauty.It snows not more than 2-3 times

Tokyo in Snow : Asakusa goes silent and white

Snowfall in Tokyo is rare, although in the past few years, when it does snow it creates a white blanket lasting weel for a couple of days to clear. The white blanket of snow in the metropolis makes for pretty pictures, but grinds the traffic to a halt even with 5 cm of pileup. Unique

Tokyo in Snow : Ginza goes silent and white

Snowfall in Tokyo is rare and it usually does not happen more than once a year. The city grinds to a halt even with a few centimeters of accumulated snow. The rare event makes for a unique view of the city’s popular tourist spots and the popular shopping district of Ginza is relatively deserted and

Discover India in Japan : Tsukiji Honganji. Indian architecture in a Japanese temple

Interested in seeing the Indian architectural influence in Tokyo? Next to the Tsukuji Fish Market, walking towards Ginza, is a temple which from the exterior has a distinctively Indian feel to it. The Tsukiji Honganji Temple has Indian roots and according to the information we collected at the temple the Hindu architecture influence is due

KILOMETER ZERO : Nihonbashi (Japan-Bridge) in Tokyo

On the way back from a day trip to Mount Fuji, the expressway sign says another 15 km to Tokyo. We did some research on the internet to know how these distances are measured and what is the base location for these signs. We found out that the location of Kilometer Zero for JAPAN was Nihonbashi

Discover India in Japan : Indian Judge enshrined at Yasukuni Shrine Dr. Radha Binod Pal

Yasukuni Shrine is a Shinto shrine in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan. It was founded by Emperor Meiji and commemorates anyone who had died in service of the Empire of Japan. The Honden shrine commemorates anyone who died on behalf of the empire, including not only soldiers, relief workers, factory workers, and other citizens, but also those

Experience Tokyo – FREE Panoramic view of Edogawa Ward from Tower Hall Funabori

Central Tokyo has many attractions which offer panoramic views of the city, but the ones located in suburbs are the hidden gems and Tower Hall Funabori is one of them. Located in the eastern ward of Edogawa Tower Hall Funabori is our favourite spot to watch the Disney fireworks from a height of 115 meters

Discover India in Japan : Kanda Myojin Shrine near Akihabara

Buddhism carried many ideas from India to Japan and its easy to find many of those even today in the most interesting places. Akihabara is the place for geeks, anime, electronics and what not, but just a five minute walk is a thousand year old shrine The Kanda Myojin where we found the Indian God Mahakaal

Awesome ONE PIECE “itasha” at Nissan Gallery in Yokohama!

First on with defining what an Itasha is. Itasha, a Japanese word refers to otaku-fied cars decorated by fans with decals of mostly anime and video game characters. The Japanese automotive industry is one of the most prominent and largest industries in the world, and events like Tokyo Motor Show attracts not only locals, but many

Spring is also YELLOW : Hamarikyu Gardens in Tokyo

Spring and Japan equal the color light-pink of the sakura, cherry blossoms. Its like cricket in India. So much focus on the game that others do not matter. And yet every year as the month of March comes closer, the Hamarikyu Gardens in Tokyo sport a yellow carpet of rapeseed blossoms quietly on the sidelines