After my short and yet productive time spent working in East Timor, I headed back to Tokyo for a week long stopover and to settle few things at the same time prior flying out again for another trip. My limited time prevented me from venturing outside the boundary of the city, so apart from circling […]Read more "A Monochrome View of Tokyo inside the Tokyo Sky Tree, Japan"
When I first arrived in Dili, I was booked by my company in a hotel close to the city seaside area prominently marked by Pertamina wharf. After the first weekdays of adjusting to a new work environment, my first weekend had to be spent adjusting to the new surroundings. Armed with a very little information […]Read more "Weekend at Dili Seaside Area, Dili, East Timor"
To describe the town of Kagurazaka, Tokyo requires a bit of imagination and yet they are all familiar in a way. Think of Kyoto’s Gion District (if you been there), then remove some Japanese restaurants and replace it with Italian and French ones, keep the mysterious narrow, bendy back alleys and the Geisha performance houses, […]Read more "Tokyo Neighborhood: Narrow, Back-Alleys of Kagurazaka"
Living in the shadow of famous Shinjuku and Shibuya is the district of Ikebukuro. At first glance, it seems to appeal like just your ordinary commercial and entertainment district with enough “nomihodai” (all you can drink) restaurants to chase the troubles away. But on the sentimental side, for most people, Ikebukuro is what Shinjuku used […]Read more "Tokyo Neighborhood: Ikebukuro District"
On one hot and humid Saturday afternoon, I went to explore the streets of Jiyugaoka, Tokyo, to get a glimpse on why the mere mentioned of the place often elicit a response from my Japanese colleague as “nice but for rich people” and why the district is always voted as one of the most desirable […]Read more "Tokyo Neighborhood: Summer Breeze at Jiyugaoka"
I was relieved to leave the cold and rainy season of Sapporo, Hokkaido for a hope of a sunnier 5 days at Tohoku Region. I was excited as well, that finally after months of anticipating, I will be exploring the region focusing on both Miyagi and Fukushima Prefecture. After the 2011 Great Tohoku Earthquake tragedy […]Read more "Sendai, The Largest City of Tohoku Region"
A year ago, my first order of blogging business in Japan is to find where the “real” Tokyo is. I don’t intend to confuse you, I know Tokyo is such a huge capital with many branching wards and districts, but I want to be at that specific place where I can photograph myself and upload […]Read more "Re-introducing Tokyo Station"
Coming from Yokohama to Chofu (Tokyo) is not an easy trip. With multiple local train changes and my unfamiliarity with non-JR train lines proven not beneficial but despite the hassle associated with traveling, discovering a quiet, more relax area of Tokyo is always a well spent weekend than visiting same crowded place all over again. […]Read more "Off the Beaten Dori: Discovering Kitaro at Chofu (Tokyo)"
For a country that pride itself with a network of 270-320 km/h shinkansen(bullet train), it is kind of sentimental to think that slow-moving trams will soon be a thing of the past. With only two remaining tram lines to date, I fear that these picturesque street cars will soon be considered as obsolete mode of […]Read more "Aboard Toden Arakawa, One of Tokyo’s Remaining Street Car"