1. Weird & Omoshiroi

    Well, without seeing the weird and the dark side of japan, your journey is not complete.
    Otaku, Akiboys, Harajuku Girls, sex museums are part of the society.

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  2. Travel & Leisure

    A Guide to Temples, Shrines,Gardens,Castles,,Hot Springs,Historic Districts,Theme Parks,Open Air Museums,Winter Sports, Skiing and snowboarding in Japan.

  3. Culture & Tradition

    Japanese modern socitey with ancient traditions and elegance with Kimono, Yukata, Geisha, Blossoms, Autumn Leaves, Sumo,Festivals,Cormorant Fishing

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    Edmund Garman

  4. Food & Drinks

    The Flavors of Curry, Gyudon,Okonomiyaki,Ramen,Sashimi,Sushi,Tempura,Yakitori and the best of all Wasabi to top up many dishes!

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    Dennis Wong

  5. Entertainment & Fun

    The way Japanese pass their free time, be it singing in a Karaoke, Reading Manga and Anime,Movies,Amusement Parks,Pachinko

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  6. Etiquette & Manners

    The very basics of Japanese mannerism which is very much part of Japanese society. Using Chopsticks, Taking bath, Greeting People, Sitting Techniques.

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  7. Arts & Music

    Explore the world of Bonsai,Calligraphy,Dolls,Ikebana,Origami, Poetry,Drums,Pop Culture and Tea ceremony

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  8. History

    Explore the history of both ancient and modern japan from 10,000 BC to the current day.
    From Paleolithic era to Meiji Era, from the feudal and shogunate’s to democracy.

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 …

So tell us why you love Japan?

I have traveled far and i have traveled long. Been many places, however Japan is one place where i keep coming back. So what is it about Japan where people from all walks of life, coming from different backgrounds and …

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 …

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 …

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 …

A visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial or Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dōmu)

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) was the only structure left standing in the area where the first atomic bomb exploded on 6 August 1945. Through the efforts of many people, including those of the city of Hiroshima, it has …