Posts Tagged ‘Japan’

Sayonara

Monday, September 13th, 2010

It feels a tiny bit gray, quiet and empty after feeding your body and soul with ten days of Japan. I’m sure everyday life in Sweden will catch up soon and I’ll just miss Japan half of the time.
Sukiyaki in Kyoto.

Sukiyaki in Kyoto.

Tsukuji - world's largest fish market.

Tsukuji - world's largest fish market.

Wasabi

Wasabi at street market, Kyoto.

National Museum, Ueno.

National Museum, Tokyo.

Pet shop - photo bonus for my sister.

Pet shop - photo bonus for my sister.

Happy people in subway

Happy people in subway

Cat cafe in Shibuya.

Cat cafe in Shibuya.

Downward view from Tokyo Tower

Downward view from Tokyo Tower

Wax cakes en masse, Kyoto station.

Wax cakes en masse, Kyoto station.

Busride - Totoro style.

Furry bus ride w/ friends - Totoro style.

There was one day of wind and rain.

There was one day of wind and rain.

Oh Deer

Monday, September 6th, 2010

This year Nara, the first capital of Japan (710-794), celebrates 1300 years. Also a place I once spent a year in in my youth. But that’s a different story.

Today it was almost 40C and I had a meltdown after meeting the first deers in the park. A friendly lady in the restaurant where we were sitting noticed my distress and came to the rescue with a bag of ice. Back on my feet we visited the great Buddha in Todaiji temple, constantly stalked by cheeky deers.

Back in Kyoto after a nice bath there’s tonight’s sukiyaki to look forward to. I will become fat as a buddha.


Greco-chan, cat in Nara book store.

Hungry deer in Nara park. Photo: A. Bergek

On tatami mats

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

Kyoto is cool. Not in a weather forecast kind of way though. The past days the temp has hit the high 30’s.

Photo: A. Bergek

Phew!

Oldschool in Kyoto

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

A 2.20 hour trip from Tokyo we arrive in an even hotter Kyoto. 38 degrees C and our brains are about to shut down to save energy. But I’m in a yukata, sitting on a porch with a cold beer, an eight course traditional dinner, listening to the frogs croak and the carps jumping in the pond below our feet.

Tomorrow it is time to revisit my beloved Nara. And the cheeky deers!

World Heritage at Nikko

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

My moms cousin suggested that I should visit Nikko while I was in Tokyo. I asked Chika and Dave to join me on the two hour train ride north east. We had a great time, mostly laughing, eating and enjoying the amazing surroundings of Nikko. The camera seemed to love these adorable two and I ended up with 200 pictures. Mainly of them!

Tomorrow I’ll be leaving for Narita and spend the last night there. I’ll be heading home on Thursday morning. My time in Tokyo and Okinawa has been memorable and filled with fun and joy. Thanks to all of you who contributed to that.

Next station: Roppongi

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Roppongi is known as Tokyos entertainment area with many foreigners. The amount of embassies and foreign corporate businesses in the area are said to be a contribution to this. Whether you like it or not Roppongi has it’s sides. Like the Mori tower with Tokyo City View and brand new just finished Sky deck, a helicopter platform in the roof from which you can stand outside to enjoy a complete 360 degr. view of the entire Tokyo area. On sunny days you can see Mount Fuji. We didn’t, but it was still a great view. A nice way to end an even nicer weekend with my favorite girls.

Tokyo Jumps

Monday, April 28th, 2008

After an all nighter in Shibuya here’s what was left. What seems to be TONS of energy! At 6.30 am. How?!


Harajuku Beings

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Harajuku is a very special place. A part of Tokyo that lacks tall buildings but has plenty of narrow little shopping streets with everything from Gothic Lolita stores to teriyaki crepes. It also has a nice park with all kinds of…creatures. And I say creatures because I’m not only referring to human beings. But all kinds of beings. It was a nice lazy Sunday in Harajuku.

Taipei girls in Tokyo

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

I’m a very lucky girl. Not only do I have great friends, they even come visit while I’M visiting Tokyo. Our Taipei representatives Charlotte and Tove flew in from Taiwan the other day and we’ve been busy busy busy. Outings, nightings, partying, karaoke, dining, shopping, and exploring has been on our schedule for this intense weekend. Tomorrow monologuers dear friends will fly back. Here’s a small pick of things we’ve been up to.

A taste of Shibuya

Friday, April 25th, 2008

I slept until noon. Went shopping in Shibuya during the day. Came back to Asakusa, took a shower and went to Shibuya again to meet my friend Jonas, previously seen on the blog on various nights out in Göteborg. He moved to Tokyo and yesterday we met for dinner and play. The subways don’t really have night trains so you either have to catch the last train or the first morning train. It became the latter for us.

So last night we did a karaoke session from 3 am to 5 am. Before that at a bar enjoying a (five) cuba libre with some live painting. And before that an izakaya dinner with salty beans and ice cold draft beer.

In an hour my two dear friends Charlotte and Tove are coming to spend the weekend. I flew them in from Taipei. There will be outings, more karaoke (these girls are PROS), nice food, drinks, sights and tons of photos. Be sure not to miss out. Keep an eye on monologuer.

Five star treatment

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

A five star first day. All thanks to my moms cousin that took me out for sights. After a tall americano at Starbucks we headed for Asakusa temple which was completely crowded. Regretfully I missed the cherry blossoms this year, but I found some late bloomers here and there along the way.

After Asakusa we took a boat ride to Odaiba, the artificial island created for sole business and pleasure. Sun was out, 21 C and a light breeze. We stopped for cake with a skyline view at Odaiba before heading back downtown to the royal palace park.

I was told that all the greens (see below) were completely white and pink a couple weeks ago (yeah, just rub it in already) from cherry flowers. But I caught a few late bloomers (different kind of cherry tree) here as well. And there are worse places to be a homeless cat than the palace park.

Ended the day on the 36th floor in Marunouchi having the best sashimi ever. I really appreciate the Japanese attitude towards food. Small but many and various dishes to slowly make you full. Especially if it’s an 8 course dinner it’s kinda impossible to scoop food into your mouth. This place made dinner look like art. And taste like heaven.

Where the streets have no name

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

You know that song by U2? They’re singing about Tokyo. If you ever were in doubt. Locating a hotel on a map with only chinese characters and feeling disoriented from the darkness of the metro doesn’t relly help. Sure, being on my own in Tokyo is exiting, no doubt. The feeling of being completely lost vanishes after a nap in my hotel room in Asakusa. The nameless streets of Tokyo waits for me. Time to explore!

Goodbye Okinawa

Monday, April 21st, 2008


Tomorrow morning I’ll head north for Tokyo. Getting out of Okinawa mode will be hard. I became quite used to stroll around in my havaianas, not really doing anything but enjoy the weather, company or food.

Yesterday night Hiroshi, the mariner, took me for kaitenzushi (sushi on conveyor belt). I hardly ever eat sushi when I visit Japan as there are so many other nice things to try that you can’t have elsewhere. But kaitenzushi is always fun.

Today a young engineering student showed me around campus and then took me to Tropical beach. You’ll hear more from Tokyo. Sayonara, Okinawa.

Left: Campus. Right: Tropical Beach

View from the campus cafeteria.

Under the sea

Sunday, April 20th, 2008


Cutest blow fish in town.

A sneak peak on life under the sea here in Okinawa. Our mariner Hiroshi and his two equally marine friends took us snorkeling and all of them, being marine biologists of course, can name all living things in the ocean. Hiroshi will even fetch things for you. Like a blow fish. Or a sea star. What a gentleman.

The snorkling crew of the day consist of three Japanese, a Swiss guy and me. All pro snorklers at the least, all of them scuba dive but they lowered themselves for me and mom today. Such nice people.


Clown fish a la Nemo.

We make such a nice couple I think, blow fish and I.
Todays pictures are courtesy of Hiroshi Inoue.

Okinawa by night

Saturday, April 19th, 2008


Our marine biologist chills.

Not as late and long as it sounds really. Visiting the american version of Okinawa was interesting though. Very stereotypical and selected of course. Our guide, 23-year old marine biologist Hiroshi and his friend Yuka, took us for some pizza and then a tour of Chatan, American Village in Okinawa. You probably already know that there are several American military bases on Okinawa since WW2. I didn’t know there was so much activity going on there still.

Left: Signs says Sunset Beach. Obviously! Right: Signs says that there are a lot of skateboarding American kids. And they DON’T respect the common property!