The Synchronised Scramble Of Shibuya

Ten traffic lanes. Five pedestrian crosswalks. All converging onto the most iconic intersection in the world. An attraction in its own right. When the lights change, traffic comes to a halt on ALL ten lanes. And this huge mass of people – an estimated 2500 at any given time, and a whopping 2+ million per day! – surge forward in every direction in…

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Crossing Milestones

A literal as well as symbolic crossing of the threshold in the Meiji Jingu shrine, Tokyo. This little girl, in her traditional finery, is all set to mark a milestone at the Shichi-go-san, a coming of age ritual celebrated annually at Shinto shrines across Japan. More about it here. Thank you for visiting………..have a great weekend. Related articles:…

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Shichigosan At Meiji Jingu

On a Sunday closest to November 15, considered the most auspicious day in the Japanese calender, families descend on Shinto shrines across Japan, to celebrate a rite of passage called Shichi-go-san. The name literally translates to ‘Seven-Five-Three’, indicating a medieval tradition among aristocratic/Samurai families that stipulated that boys and girl stopped getting their hair shaved when they turned three, that boys aged five…

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Joy

A proud new father at the Meiji Jingu Shrine in Tokyo……  and closer to home, two very happy boys 🙂 Hope your weekend is just as joyous! Related articles: Weekly Photo Challenge – Joy

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And Now Some Tasteful Japanese Aesthetic….

Tokyo’s kitschy English signs, like the ones I linked to yesterday, are purely for the consumption of the young wannabe urbanite. The signage in smaller towns, particularly in the well preserved old towns, adhere to the spare, subtle norms of Japanese aesthetic. Elegant and beautiful, quite like the artful plating of their food, or the…

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Weekly Photo Challenge – The Sign Says

This image is from an earlier post about strange English signage in Tokyo. Like I mention there….a bit presumptuous from an Indian, but I don’t seem to have any images of our Hinglish signs for some reason! Time to remedy that. Until then, hope this brings some smiles. Click on the image to view the…

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Future Tense

My sister suggested we get our futures foretold at the Kau Cim stall in the Asakusa shrine in Tokyo. I really thought we shouldn’t, because I didn’t believe in the stuff and felt it would play on her mind if it was bad, but she insisted. So we went through the drill and picked our slips of…

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Love

“I like not only to be loved, but also to be told I am loved” ~ George Eliot We were fortunate to visit Hachimangu shrine on the day of Schichi-Go-San!  Schichi-Go-San stands for 7-5-3 and is a ceremony, in which seven and three year old girls, and five year old boys, celebrate a rite of passage. It…

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Shinjuku By Night & Au Revoir

As some of you already know, I am off again, this time with R to Laos & Cambodia for two weeks. That is misleading actually. R was very sure he didn’t want an in depth cultural immersion, so we are only going to Luang Prabang and Siem Reap, with brief stopovers in Vientiane and Phnom…

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