People with Umbrellas – Japan

“Ame ga furimasune!“, which means It’s going to rain! is what you will hear when you are walking in the streets of Japan when it starts to drizzle. June to July is the rainy season, or “Tsuyu Baiu” in Japan. The cold winds out of Siberia float over the warm Pacific waters and their love

New Year Celebration 2012

The new year is one of the most important milestones and most celebrated holiday in the world. We were very fortunate to have spent another new year abroad and this time was in Japan. The Japanese, unlike the Chinese celebrates their new year on the 1st of January since the 19th century. However, the Japanese

Odaiba

After visiting the Tsukiji Market in the early morning, we decided to head down to Odaiba. It’s an enormous artificial island in Tokyo Bay. Built initially in 1850 for defensive purposes, it has now been expanded dramatically into a major shopping district and tons of entertainment built within. Though greatly nearby the ocean shore, Odaiba, along

Tsukiji Market & Sushi

One part of Tokyo comes to life before dawn and that’s Tokyo’s iconic Tsukiji Market. Part of our itinerary was to visit this awesome market and have the best sushi in the world. Tsukiji Market, or formally known as Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market, is nevertheless the largest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world. It’s

Doraemon Museum

It’s not exactly called Doraemon museum. It’s formally called the Fujiko·F·Fujio Museum. Why? Well, despite having Doraemon and gang overshadowing every part of this place, it’s actually a museum about the author and all of his creations. If you are a fan of Doraemon, Pa-man or Mojacko, then this beloved museum should be in your highlighted

Karuizawa

Again we travel out of Tokyo and headed slightly westward from Tokyo city. The both of us traveled up to this beautiful and peaceful location called Karuizawa. It is an upmarket mountain resort at the foot of the active volcano Mt Asama in Nagano Prefrecture. Hidden away a little north-ward and while it sits on

Shirakawa-Go Part 2

After viewing the beautiful village of Shirakawa-go at the observatory, we headed down as the sun was setting and it was getting dark. We could feel that the cold was catching up and we had to quickly head back to our ryokan and get ourselves heated. As mentioned earlier, we stayed at this beautiful and

Shirakawa-Go Part 1

On Christmas Day last year during our trip, we had a special treat for ourselves. After years of looking at beautiful postcards and desktop wallpapers, we’ve finally had the chance to visit this UNESCO Heritage site at the Gifu region. Capped heavily with snow in the winter, with it’s beautiful backdrop of magnificent mountains, this