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Entry # 101 : Your Journey Starts From Where You Stand

  Proverbs are proverbs – they are well known and generally true. I remember this popular one back from my grade school days posted on a wall of our classroom. On a colorful text it says, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. In case you don’t know, it’s a bimillennial quote…

Ashikaga Flower Park, Tochigi, Japan

Ashikaga Flower Park, Tochigi, Japan

The Ashikaga Flower Park at Tochigi Prefecture is a 9-hectare garden that showcases a wide variety of flowers. During springtime, countless wisteria blossoms take the center stage attracting people from all places. Spring is a colorful season in Japan. It is the time of the year when just about everywhere, flowers are blooming left and right, painting the town in vivid…

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Mt. Mitake Day Hike, Tokyo, Japan

Mt. Mitake in the western side of Tokyo is one of the popular choices for those looking for a day trip to the mountains. Part of the 1250-square kilometer Chichi-Tama-Kai National Park, it features unspoiled forest, fresh rivers and waterfalls and breathtaking sceneries Japan, despite having a highly urbanized reputation, has impressively maintained a balance between rapid…

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The Oiran Dochu Procession, Asakusa, Tokyo

The Oiran Dochu is a parade of what was an everyday scene in old Yoshiwara. It is a meeting between a tayu, a high-ranked oiran (courtesan) and her costumer. One of the popular tourist destinations in central Tokyo is the district of Asakusa. A place where early movie theaters in the country flourished, it was known…

Red Sakura from Shinjuku Gyoen

Cherry Blossom Viewing (Hanami) Spots in Tokyo

Spring is a magical season in Japan. After months of hibernating, different flowers bloom left and right adding colors to what’s already a colorful nation. Cherry Blossom or Sakura is among the country’s most famous attractions during this time of the year. Visitors from all over the world come just to see them in full bloom. Cherry blossoms…