An Endless Flower Paradise

June 28, 2014   by  |  Japan  |  6 Comments
An Endless Flower Paradise

Hitachi Kaihin Koen
Japan is a country blessed with four distinct seasons of spring, summer, autumn and winter due to the wide regional differences in climate. There is a widespread belief that the Japanese have an inherent affinity upon each seasonal transition and that this affinity is one of the major characteristics of Japanese culture. Read More

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Chasing the Cherry Blossom Front of Eastern Japan

May 24, 2014   by  |  Japan  |  5 Comments
Chasing the Cherry Blossom Front of Eastern Japan

Horse Carriage along the Cherry Blossom Lane in Kitakami
The Cherry Blossom is the flower that symbolises Japan and the Japanese have always looked forward to each spring coming. Traditionally, It was the members of the royal court who went outdoors and enjoyed a picnic, waiting for the blossoms to bloom. Read More

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The First Class Experience with Japan Airlines

May 17, 2014   by  |  Travel  |  9 Comments
The First Class Experience with Japan Airlines

Japan Airlines First Class Cabin Flight London to Tokyo Haneda
I’ve never flown first class, and always been curious. How different could it be? Ive heard so many stories from my father about the experience as he jets around the world and always dreamed for my turn, Well.. I can now finally say my time has come! Read More

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A Museum from the Future called Miraikan

May 26, 2013   by  |  Japan  |  8 Comments
A Museum from the Future called Miraikan

Miraikan MuseumA friend from the hostel recommended this museum to me after his visit and I thank him for doing so as it turned out to be a great experience! The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation or just Miraikan, should be a must for anyone with at least a passing interest in new technology and science and its actually a good break from the bustling shopping and sights of the Tokyo city. Read More

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Odaiba’s Life-size RX-78-2 Gundam Statue

April 13, 2013   by  |  Japan  |  4 Comments
Odaiba's Life-size RX-78-2 Gundam Statue

Lifesize Gundam in Odaiba, TokyoOne of the reasons why I went to Odaiba island in Tokyo was to see the huge Gundam Statue right in front of Tokyo Diver City Plaza. If you are a fan of the animated show, the statue is definitely a must see. After admiring the Gundam for a good 15 minutes, You appreciate the craftsmanship and detail that went into building this life size model, its simply overwhelming! if only I could have one in my back yard, imagine that! Read More

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On Board the Futuristic Himiko Cruise Ship

April 2, 2013   by  |  Japan  |  3 Comments
On Board the Futuristic Himiko Cruise Ship

Himiko Cruise Ship - TokyoIn Edo times, the Sumida river was crucial to survival. Now, with modern transportation it has lost its importance for the purposes of commerce. It does nevertheless, offer a different perspective on Tokyo’s skyline and makes for a good tourist attraction. One of the attractions is riding on the famous Himiko cruise ship or water bus, this has been on my list of things to do in Tokyo for quite some time but I never seemed to catch the ship at the right time. Read More

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Hayao Miyazaki’s Animation World at Ghibli Museum

March 5, 2013   by  |  Japan  |  2 Comments
Hayao Miyazaki's Animation World at Ghibli Museum

Ghibli MuseumThe Ghibli Museum in Mitaka holds a special memory in me, probably for eternal. It features the amazing anime work from one of Japan’s most well-known animation studios, Studio Ghibli and director the great Hayao Miyazaki. Among the iconic and world-famous productions of the studio that I thoroughly enjoyed in my early years and still do are My Neighbour Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Spirited Away – together with all the other movies makes it an amazing space and the museum experience begins even before you enter through the gates. Read More

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A Japanese Obsession for Baumkuchen

January 26, 2013   by  |  Japan  |  1 Comment
A Japanese Obsession for Baumkuchen

Baumkuchen at NenrinyaI’m struggling to find the appropriate words to describe how much I like Baumkuchen. It originates from Germany, although these days it is much easier to find in Japan after being introduced by the German Karl Joseph Wilhelm Juchheim during WW1. It has since become a national obsession, and they’ve refined it with their characteristic perfectionism. Read More

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Hikone’s Remarkable Castle

January 21, 2013   by  |  Japan  |  No Comments
Hikone's Remarkable Castle

View of Hikone Castle from afarHikone may not be the name on everyone’s lips when visiting Japan but this small town on the eastern shores of Lake Biwa has character and that is from its remarkable yet beautiful castle, which sits atop a steep hill overlooking the town and lake. Read More

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Elements of Culture at Gion Corner

January 18, 2013   by  |  Japan  |  No Comments
Elements of Culture at Gion Corner

I like the idea of having this sort of ‘taster’ session for multiple aspects of Japanese culture, and so the performance at Gion Corner in Kyoto offers several vignettes of Japanese arts such as a tea ceremony, various dances and a puppet performance. I’m especially intrigued by the Maiko and Geisha culture so this was a great experience for me to learn a little bit about each area. Read More

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