Back in Japan

I am back in Japan and I am amazed to see that I have not blogged since the last time I was in Japan i.e. 4 years ago. I must find time to document my time in Japan and keep a record of my mis-adventures here.

I have often complained about not having enough information about Japan in English and not having enough travelers’ diaries to plan my day trips around Tokyo. As Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi once said “be the change you want to see in the world”, I think I should start documenting the little I travel within Tokyo and in other parts of Japan.

With that in mind, I will make a sincere attempt to document my visits to the restaurants, cafes, izakayas, museums, art galleries and other random places including parks and streets. I am not sure if many people could benefit from that but if anyone can benefit from that, that would certainly give me feeling of satisfaction. I would also appreciate if people would give me their recommendations in Tokyo.

While we are the subject, it is important to mention that the autumn season is in full swing in Japan. It often surprises me (pleasantly) how beautifully each weather is celebrated in Japan. Of course, people in each country have their own ways to celebrate changing weathers but what puts Japan in a different league is how everyone, including consumer goods companies, come together to maximise the celebrations. You will see season specific limited edition beers, cakes, lunch boxes, and even the convenience stores are decorated in the themes of the current weather. If you are anywhere in Japan now (and certainly in Tokyo), you can see how every place is celebrating autumn. Starting from autumn special lunch and dinner menus at almost all the fine dines in Tokyo, the bentos have autumn themed ingredients and virtually every beer company has a limited edition autumn themed beer that tastes completely different from their regular beer. The trains and stores have autumn themed decorations and special packages are available at JR stations to enjoy autumn beauty of certain regions and cities of Japan such as Kyoto special package (a city that is known internationally for its autumn beauty).

As I am blogging again, or so I hope, I will make sure to take some pictures around Tokyo to showcase how autumn is being celebrated here. BTW we are about to enter into Christmas frenzy very soon. In fact, Tokyo mid-town is said to have already entered that phase but more on that soon.


~ by pankajsingla9 on November 17, 2015.

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