Monday, January 27, 2020

New Year’s Day celebrations in Tokyo

Celebrating the new year might be the most important holiday event in Japan. Instead of Christmas, the Japanese busy themselves with pre-new year’s customs and then welcome it with a three-day celebration starting from...

Deja Vu: Experience Tokyo’s Olympic History First-Hand

The rags to riches story of Tokyo in the 1960s only continued over the subsequent half-century. The old cliche of Tokyo inspiring Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner stands for a reason. But it’s only half...

Another 3hr Trip Odaiba

Odaiba, an artificial island in Tokyo Bay, is one of the many former fortresses constructed at the end of the Edo Period to stop U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry’s Black Ships from invading Japan. Today,...

The Everlasting Allure of the Ginza Shopping District

The glamorous Ginza area has a long history as being the most refined shopping and entertainment district in Tokyo, where top brands from around the world come to share their best products with Japan....

A Tale of Two Olympics – Interview with Robert Whiting –

Tokyo 1964: A View of the City In 1959, when Tokyo won its bid for the Tokyo 1964 Games, it was scarcely more than a glorified collection of shantytowns, as the Japanese nation was still...

A New Year in Ginza Blends Nostalgia with Modern Flair

2020 marks the beginning of the first calendar year for the Reiwa era. With the new year comes an enthusiastic desire for change and renewal, and rejuvenated shoppers will be walking among the glamorous...

ROBOT RESTAURANT: The Melting Pot of Everything Japanese

Many images are likely to come to your mind when you think of Japan: traditional culture and music, exaggerated fighting styles, colorful cuteness and futuristic robots. Now bring all those elements together in the...

Another 3hr Trip Shinjuku

An average of 3.47 million people use Shinjuku Station every day, making it the world’s busiest station according to the Guinness World Records. Apart from being the place where JR lines, private lines and...

IN HARMONY WITH THE SEASONS: A Garden’s Carol

I thought it would be an interesting challenge to paint a painting that would evoke both my childhood Christmas and a Japanese New Year. I wanted it to be equally holy and celebratory by...

Miurakaigan: Town of Early Blooming Cherry Blossom is about one-hour train ride from Tokyo

As the earliest blooming sakura in Honshu, Kawazuzakura cherry blossoms start blossoming as early as February, coloring their surroundings in vibrant pink. In order to enjoy the fleeting beauty of the cherry blossoms, we...