Kanamara Matsuri (かなまら祭り “Festival of the Steel Phallus”?

Since the moment, I finished my work, I had been excited to go to the Kanamara Matsuri. To be very honest, I have never been so excited about the word “Phallus” in my life. Whoever I spoke to earlier in …

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 …

Japanese Tea Ceremony : Matcha in Chakai or Chaji

Tea ceremony is a Japanese cultural activity involving preparing and presentation of Matcha-a powdered green tea, also called “Chanoyu”, Tea gathering are called Chakai or Chaji. Chakai is a simple course of hospitality which includes confections, tea and perhaps a …

Forever One : Sakura and Me, a never ending love story.

Tencolors invited me to write for them. Hmm… First thought I had in my mind was what to write about. I have been here in Japan for almost ten years. My long withstanding, love and hate relationship with Japan, the …

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 …

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 …

Taiko : The Sounds of the Gods,If you can say it, you can play it

The sounds of Taiko or Japanese drums have never failed to impress me.Growing up in a country where music has deep roots in religion and culture, my fusion with music started at an early age in life. Later on, in …

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