Asakusa Sensoji – Night time illumination of cherry blossoms or “yozakura”

Tokyo’s hotspots for cherry blossoms implies locations like Kudanshita (Chidorigafuchi), Ueno Park, Shinjuku Gyoen, Meguro River. Sumida River is also one more popular location in the neighborhood of Asakusa. Asakusa or the famous tourist spot of Sensoji itself finds less mention in terms of a destination to see the Cherry blossoms and is mostly overlooked especially in

Hatsumode at Asakusa Sensoji Temple

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016 In Japan, the first visit to the shrine in the new year is called Hatsumode, and it attracts quite some crowds every year, and I think it is a great way to start a new year in Japanese-style. Fireworks are the standard celebrations in many cities in the world, but in Japan

Asakusa Sensoji – Snowfall of 2014 and three days later

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

Coffee at Asakusa : Panoramic views from Miharashi Cafe

Asakusa, the well known cultural destination and a tourist attraction in Tokyo has some hidden gems. One of my favorite is a coffee shop with an awesome panoramic view. A few years back, I went to see a rakugo (Japanese comedy show) performance at the Asakusa Cultural Tourist Information Center, together with one of my

Koinobori or Carp Streamers across Tokyo – Tokyo Tower, Asakusa, Hamamatsucho

The birth rate in Japan is said to be at a record low and the government, media, society frequently discuss this issue but with not much success. Economic difficulties, less societal support structures (day care etc.) etc. contribute to the problem… Japan has been historically celebrating Children’s day wishing healthy and strong growth for kids,

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

Early Spring in Tokyo? Mukojima Hyakkaen Gardens is the place to visit

Freezing in Tokyo’s winter and longing for the spring? Well, the Sakura season may still be a few weeks away in March, but nature has already started to feel the change and the Plum blossoms are starting to make their presence felt. Yes, In Tokyo and already!!! The first signs of the spring in Tokyo begin with

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

Experience Tokyo : Traditional Japan at Asakusa Sensoji Temple

Tokyo is a modern megapolis, and will showcase its “modern” face complete with the renovated infrastructure, the anime culture and the image makeover with the Cool Japan  campaign recently launched. Tokyo is certainly much more than that and it  retains its traditional Japanese roots prevalent in some neighbourhoods in the city, particularly in Asakusa, on the

Asakusa Silk Pudding : Enjoy the choicest pudding in Asakusa

Asakusa, the popular tourist destination has small attractions all around the Nakamise shopping bylanes. Over the years we have tried so many food items, local Japanese restaurants and my personal favourite is a pudding brand Asakusa Silk Pudding a product from Testa Rossa Cafe. Established in the adjacent lane on the left hand side of