Karaoke – some singing and a lot of fun

Karaoke – is a portmanteau of two Japanese words – Kara (empty) and Oke (from Orchestra). Although the word is Japanese, whether or not this favorite pastime of many in Japan was invented here or not, is a matter of …

Learning to bow – Ojigi

Incidentally, this is also the name of the book that I am reading right now. But what I write here is not about the book It is about the “art of bowing”, which is an integral part of the Japanese …

Cracking under the strain – the rising suicide rates in Japan

It makes me a bit sad to write about this topic, but write I must….now that I am sharing experiences from my life In Japan.This is something which I experience almost every other day in my life in Tokyo…train accidents …

Omikoshi – wa-shai, wa-shai!!


Omikoshi is an honorific term for Mikoshi – a portable Shinto shrine. (In Japanese, O is a prefix that is usually added to the names of objects to make them sound polite) It resembles a miniature temple building, with the …

Kimono – the traditional dress

Kimono – is a traditional Japanese dress, worn by men, women and kids. The literal translation of the word is “something to wear” (Ki = wear; mono = thing). It is a T-shaped, straight line robe, which comes in all …

Celebrating life – no matter what (the age)

One of my Japanese friend’s family will be celebrating her father’s 88th birthday very soon. According to her, it is an important celebration in Japan and her whole family will get together at her hometown, on the occasion. The festivities …

I love my chai (tea)


A blog on Japan and we are discussing tea..strange??
I know it is…but this is one of the few aspects of living and working in Japan that I struggled the most with..ha ha!!..Being a true Indian, my relationship with tea …

Departure (death) – a way of life?

I am sure many of you must have watched the Oscar award winning film – Departures or Okuribito (in Japanese) This is one visually and emotionally stunning movie because of the way it portrays death, an inevitable part of human …

Geisha & Devdasi – mirror images?

I happened to read “Memoirs of a Geisha” a few months ago and have been kind of intrigued by the uncanny resemblance the Geisha has with Devdasis or “Kalavantis” (as they were popularly known in ancient times) of the south …

Nominification in Japan : Nomikai (drink parties)

Nomikai (drink party) – is one aspect of the Japanese work culture that I am still kind of getting used to.

I remember my first nomikai quite distinctly – why? because I was a teetotaler…(I still have a very low …

A visit to Asakusa Temple or Senso-ji : “Vibrant Flavors of the Old City”

Asakusa Temple also called Senso-ji has been a popular place in Tokyo since the olden days.

My very first visit to the shrine was about fourteen years ago on a hot summer day in the middle of August. One of …

Sakura : Time to say goodbye

Couldn’t sleep much, Tried hard, finally get a coffee, put on a random playlist on the tube. The song rightfully so “Romeo and Juliet” by Dire Straights, staring at street below, She is still standing strong! She braved the rain …

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