On our way back from Shirakawago, we stopped to admire a historic black beauty – the Matsumoto Castle. Also known as the ‘Crow Castle’ for its black stony exteriors, the castle is iconic in being one of the only 4 castles to be designated as National Treasures. … Continue reading Matsumoto Castle, Nagano
In India almost every city has a village attached nearby and these villages have a charm of their own. I have made many trips to my village with my family and have loved ‘my roots’ each time more and more. It was heartening to see … Continue reading Shirakawago !
In Japan,New year comes with loads of surprises packed in pretty bags called ‘Fukubukuro’ or ‘lucky bags’ 🙂 Generally all small and big stores set up their clearance sale and lure everyone…men,women,kids alike with their varieties of Fukubukuro. The term is formed from Japanese fuku (福, good … Continue reading Fukubukuro !
HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!!!!!! Wishing lots of happiness,best of health and good tidings all year through for you all my dear friends and family… Here in Japan(as in India too)most people visit shrines and temples on dawn of the new year.So this time we decided … Continue reading “Happy New Year” @Zojoji Temple
Sumo, the Japanese style of wrestling, is the national sport of Japan.In total,there are 6 Grand tournaments per year.While 3 are held in Tokyo,there’s one held each at Osaka,Nagoya and Kyushu.Recently we had been to the 1st day of the September Grand Sumo Tournament 2011, held at … Continue reading Grand Sumo Tournament Sept, 2011