Do You Speak English?

Steering your way through Tokyo’s Monday morning rush hour can feel like a Herculean task. I was a bit rusty and had forgotten how to make a 100 metre dash for the train. Jimbocho Station was swarming with office-goers who knew precisely how to walk without stepping on someone’s toes. It was strange to witness order…

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Seeing and Believing in Mori Art Museum

Mori Art Museum is located in Tokyo’s upscale Roppongi Hills. It’s not too difficult to find, given the number of signboards and maps that are placed at regular intervals. A winding staircase (with a glass facade) in Mori Tower, one of the tallest buildings in Tokyo, leads to the main ticketing area. I bought a combined ticket for…

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Exploring Tokyo’s Eclectic Food Trail

Monjayaki in Asakusa By late evening, once the shutters of tourist shops are down, Asakusa resembles a ghost town with deserted alleyways — occasionally lit by an array of yellow lanterns. It’s hard to distinguish one alley from another in the dull street light. It’s harder to stay focussed on the route when there’s so…

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12 Hours in Tokyo

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Another Day in Tokyo

If you’re an early riser, you shouldn’t miss a visit to Tsukiji Fish Market. It would be a good idea to check this page for practical information. Getting up at 4:00 am, to reach Tsukiji at 5:00 am for the Tuna auction, is an exercise in mind over matter. We skipped it and it’s something we regret.…

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Tokyo Drift

Anyone, who loves a thriving city, shouldn’t miss an opportunity to visit Tokyo. After spending a week travelling south Japan, Tokyo was the last leg of our journey. It’s possible to see Tokyo in two days. Although, you might be left wanting for more. We stayed for a week in Tokyo, but I’ll try to…

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Arigato Kyoto

We spent out third and final day covering the Arashiyama-Sagano area. After a rather long day two, we preferred to keep it simple the next day. Although we had fewer places to cover, there was a reasonable amount of walking to be done. To get to Arashiyama, we took the JR Sagano line, from Kyoto…

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Chasing Red in Kyoto

Although, two days might be sufficient to cover Kyoto, staying longer won’t disappoint. We spent our second day covering the Northern Higashiyama area. You can catch a bus at the main depot, outside Kyoto station. Bear in mind, there are at least four Buddhist temples to visit. It’s advisable to wear easily removable footwear and…

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A walk through Japanese Art

 Manga Manga is, perhaps, one of the most famous Japanese art forms. Popular both locally and internationally; it’s hard to escape manga, when in Japan. There are entire stores dedicated to it – targeting a wide audience – with different genres. Over the years, manga has evolved from comic books into graphic novels. Some paperbacks…

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Perks of Getting Lost in Kyoto

The flip-side of not booking in advance, is that, you will never get to stay where you truly want. After Osaka (via Nara), we headed up north, to Kyoto. In the month of November, especially during autumn, everything’s packed or expensive. Our dreams of staying in a traditional Ryokan, in Kyoto, were crushed and we had to…

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