Although I am happy to be born in 21st century with all the comforts todays modern world offers, anytime I come across a Ukiyo-e painting, I have this desire for simplicity or escapism, and the allure of a bygone era. Just look at the brilliant piece by Utagawa Hiroshige of the Asukayama Park with a
The wedding of Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako was a momentous occasion that captivated the hearts of the Japanese people and garnered international attention. As the Rolls-Royce Corniche made its way through the streets of Tokyo, adorned with delicate floral arrangements and ribbons, it symbolized the blending of tradition and modernity. The Chrysanthemum motif, a national symbol of Japan, graced the car, adding a touch of regal elegance and cultural significance to the procession. The royal wedding became a celebration of love and royalty, embodying the essence of Japanese tradition and the promising dawn of a new era for the imperial family.
In the heart of Shin-Fuji City lies a world of captivating beauty waiting to be discovered. As the gentle breeze carries the scent of blooming flowers, one can’t help but feel a sense of tranquility wash over them. The expansive fields, stretching as far as the eye can see, create a serene backdrop for an encounter with Mount Fuji—the majestic icon that stands tall in the distance. And amidst this picturesque setting, the Shinkansen gracefully glides along its tracks, a testament to Japan’s technological prowess. It’s a symphony of nature and innovation, an experience that leaves a lasting impression on the soul. Come, join us on this remarkable journey and let the magic of Shin-Fuji City capture your heart.
The enchanting world of anime figures comes to life against the backdrop of Sumida River in Asakusa, Tokyo. As the delicate petals of hydrangea blossoms unfurl, this picturesque location becomes a haven for photographers and enthusiasts eager to capture the synergy of nature, art, and pop culture. Visit this location in the month of June
The arrival of spring is always a highly anticipated event in Japan, as the country’s landscapes are transformed into a kaleidoscope of colors and fragrances. One of the most beloved signs of spring is the blooming of cherry blossom trees, or sakura in Japanese. While most people are familiar with the iconic pink-and-white cherry blossoms
Kamakura, the famous tourism spot in Kanagawa Ken near Tokyo was my first day long trip in 1998. I was fascinated by the huge Buddha statue in deep meditation on an open ground and have been visiting this place at least once a year. BUT, IT WAS ALWAYS IN THE DAY TIME and I have
Age 42, I have a social circle who think of me as either “dumb” or “cool” playing Pokemon Go depending on whether they themselves do. For me the logic is simple and clear, this game has been singularly responsible to help me drop my weight from 67 to 59 kilos and maintain myself at that
Its a cold winter 2017 and I am already looking out for the cherry blossoms. Otenki.jp and WeatherMap announced the Cherry Blossom Forecast WEATHERMAP : Blossoms are predicted to start on March 26 in Tokyo and it should be roughly until the first week of April that one can experience the flowers in the metropolis…. WeatherMap predicts
Sankei-en Gardens has been on my autumn or the spring to-do-list for a long time. Known for its beautiful colourful autumn light up in the night, it is one of the most beautiful garden around the Yokohama area in Kanagawa Prefecture. It belonged to a silk trader, Tomitaro Hara, and is designated as one of
Enoshima Benzaiten is the Japanese Buddhist goddess who has origins in the Hindu goddess Saraswati. Bumping into Indian gods in Japan is not that rare given the cultural export of Buddhism from India. In Hindu tradition Saraswati holds a musical instrument veena and so does the Japanese version Benzaiten, holding a biwa, a traditional Japanese lute. Enoshima is a beautiful island just an hour
Stereotypes say that girls like all things pink? Well get ready to enter the world of pink, and you will love this place your gender notwithstanding. The Fuji Shibazakura Festival (富士芝桜まつり, Fuji Shiba-sakura Matsuri) proved to be one of the biggest surprise for me in my 18th year in Japan. I have never been to this
Well I travel a lot, but noooo am not in Netherlands…. introducing the Sakura Tulip Festa organised by the Sakura City Municipal Organisation in the Chiba prefecture, near Tokyo. Endless red, yellow and all the other coloured tulips you can dream of with a beautiful windmill backdrop giving it a European experience for you and your
I posted about Kameido wisteria blossoms just yesterday and following up with the same location albeit with a difference. Yesterday I posted about the blue sky and the lavender like color contrast in the morning, but today I want to post a photo story on the night time illuminations of the Wisteria flowers at the
I used to work in the Kameido area for 2 years in 2006 and 2007. This beautiful shrine in the eastern suburb of Tokyo is famous for the plum blossoms n February and the beautiful Wisteria creepers which blossom in the month of April (mid to late April). The Kameido area is my idea of
“He who climbs Mount Fuji once is a wise man, he who climbs it twice is a fool“ OK so this applies to “climbing” and not “watching”, this mystic and sometimes frustrating mountain has its own charm. Year after year I discover new locations around the Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures but there in one spot which