Thursday, 20 December 2007
The Asakusa shrine is one of the most visited spot in Tokyo. It is a prominient tourist place and famous as a Shinto shrine.
Here we get to see the Japanese culture closely.
The story goes that 2 fisherman found a statue of Kannon, the goddess of Compassaion in the ive Sumidha. Later a temple was built for the same.
This is the Hozomon, the main gate at Asakusa shine. One can reach there after passing from the main gate, Kaminarimon gate.
There is a pagoda inside and a huge temple awaits you.
If you want to buy sovenoiur for your beloved ones you have Kappabashi street near by.
A visit here around evening would be pleasant experience.
Wednesday, 12 December 2007
The weather has changed its coat....
Its all brown and dull....
Walking back home from work everyday is growing more painful and lonely.
The dry leaves are everywhere. When I set my foot on them the devil inside me likes to hear the crushing sound. This evil feeling is increasing day by day along with the cold around. I understand I have to control it. But how do I do that?
I hope to see ghost of Fall season disappear soon.....
Thursday, 29 November 2007
Food and Travel:- Okonomiyaki
Often there is an argument between people from these regions to decide which place has the best Okonomiyaki.
The method to make okonomiyaki is simple. Its very similiar to the onion uttapa that we get in India. The batter made up of rice and egg is layered with "whatever-you-wish" (the meaning on the word Okonimiyaki). This can contain vegetables, Pork slickes, seafood nuggets, fish etc. The batter and the mix are then baked in an open pan front of the dining table and served hot. The topping is normally made of fish scales. The sauce poured over it makes it more enticing to eat.
The preparation from Hiroshima has more soba (noodles) as compared to Osakan Okonomiyaki.
Here is a series of snaps I have for you showing the making of Hiroshima-Okonomiyaki :- Slideshow here
Tuesday, 30 October 2007
२८ अक्तूबर २००७।
28 October 2007.
Nishizawa trek was a refreshing experience. Can be called as a trekking place for amateur trekkers. After spending hours running, to catch up with time on the weekdays; Nishizawa welcomes you to forget all that stress and have some peace of mind.
The sky was the blue and the climate pleasant. Autumns has just reached its peak here in Japan and weekend getaways are getting more and more colorful. The Ravine of Nishizawa is like a miniature heaven. The emrald blue waters of the five step waterfall is breath taking.
Mother nature was blooming with autumn foilage, adding to the beauty of the waterfall.
The waterfall is also know as Nanatsugama - Godan-no-Taki here in Japanese. Source http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6951.html
The way goes through narrow paths along the river bank, with bridges
at regular intervals. I didnt count but there were supposedly 48 bridges along the 10 Km trek., unbelievable!!!
At one point we got a traffic jam. That was never expected on a trek atleast.
We had a simliar experience while trekking mount Fuji.
Later it turned out because of a old bridge on the way. As the japanese could read (thankfully) that the bridge could support weight of one person only. So everyone was crossing cautiously.
At the next turn the white foamy water was splashing over a emrald pond down under was a picture perfectly remembered.
The return journey was quick with minds still fresh with the splashing sound of the crystal clear waterfalls and brooks. The trek ended with eating soba at a local restaurant. The people there were quite warm and helpful. They have been nice to genkai's (foreigners) for years. It was time to say sayonara to the ravine still gushing with flowing water in the dark twilight.
For one-day trek Nishizawa is the place; the time has to be Autumn peak
You are all set for the best time of your life!!!
Monday, 15 October 2007
हाराजुकू पार्क, टोकियो
१३ अक्तूबर २००७
Traditional japanese dress.
Harajuku park, Tokyo.
13 october 2007
Yukata is Kimono generally made up of cotton. The ocassions can be weddings, at onsens, in Summer strolls etc.
Below is what we can see the "Tradition" meets "Youth"
Thursday, 4 October 2007
२९ अप्रैल २००७
29 April 2007.
यहा यह अग्नी सदा जलता रहता है।
Tuesday, 2 October 2007
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Sunday, 30 September 2007
मचली बाजार मे ओक्टोपुस कि दुकान लगी हूई थी।
Saturday, 29 September 2007
२१ ज़ुलै २००७
In Japan, a mother who has lost her child, may adopt a Jizo statue and adorn it with red robes and care for it as if it was her own living baby. Traditionally (or ideally), this practice must have been limited to red robes, but in reality - today at least and in the places I have visited - the materials involved are much more numerous, colorful and surprising. So, while there are many interesting paths to follow exploring what and who Jizo is or have been, I think the statues and the relating practices first and foremost witness an undeniable affective interaction with counter-intuitive agents done by normal, modern - and most Japanese would say secular - Nihonjin. ....
Source :- www.janemilkolsto.com/Jizo.html