Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Last week I was in South Korea for another technical meeting. The flight from Tokyo to Seoul is around two hours. I was about to sleep when my eyes caught sight of a familiar silhouette – that was of Japan’s tallest mountain, Mt. Fuji. I grabbed my smart phone and took a lot of photos until it disappeared. 

Fleeting, like life.


talking to summer 
clouds in silence, breathing life 
silhouettes of trees 


Friday, September 30, 2016


The Takeshita Dori in Harajuku, Tokyo is one the crowded streets in Japan especially on weekends. It is filled with fashion shops , souvenir stores, crepe stands and cafes. Talking about café, there is a newly opened one - Owl Cafe and Bar Owl Village right in the heart of this busy street. This doesn’t surprise me at all since theme cafes are very popular in the country.


pleas of once-caged owls
freed in a man-made forest 
plastic autumn leaves 


Friday, September 9, 2016


Five years ago, we went to the Tsukiji Fish Market to experience the tuna auction. However, we made a huge mistake of not checking the schedule. The auction was canceled because of the March 11 earthquake. The tuna auction is often listed as one of the must-do things in Tokyo. And with the news of the market’s possible relocation at the end of the year, we again decided to give it a go.


a giant tuna 
from wasabi-green sea to
a pool of soy sauce 


Wednesday, August 3, 2016


Aside from the matsuri, Japan has hundreds of exhibits too during summer. One of the exhibits that caught my interest was DMM Planets Arts by teamLab. It is currently being held in Odaiba from July 16 to August 31 2016 [10 am – 10 pm]. The event is located just a few steps away from the Diver City [Gundam]. It costs 2,000 yen and an additional of 1,500 yen for priority ticket, in case you are too lazy to be in queue for more than 30 minutes. You can get a 500 yen discount for online reservation.



songs of good luck charms
only heard by the superstitious
choir at the pawnshop


Sunday, July 17, 2016


Last year, I visited the Fuji Five Lakes. Between those lakes are villages turning to be tourist attractions as well. One of them is Oshino Hakkai (忍野八海). I haven't heard about it until a friend invited to join the bus tour.


Sunday, July 3, 2016


Somewhere in Shizuoka Prefecture, there's a not-so-hidden place for some sort of adventure. A three-hour drive from Tokyo will lead you to a turquoise paradise. Or emerald. But perhaps, because of its accessibility, I haven't seen many tourists during our trip to Sumatakyo.

shiz 42

songs of cicadas
 outside my window, I dance
 chance of summer rain


Wednesday, June 15, 2016


I have blogged about the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi and wanted to write the second part of my experiences in the Middle East last year but was not able to do so. Few weeks ago, I received my visa for another possible work assignment in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). This would be my second visit, in case. It was Ramadan when I first went to KSA and did not have time to go around the city. My daily routine was hotel to workplace to hotel. During the daily commute, I managed to have few snaps. But liked only one photo (see below).


Wednesday, May 25, 2016


In 2008, I paraglided. Climbed Japan’s tallest mountain, Mt. Fuji, in 2012. Skydived in 2013. I thought I am done with these crazy adventures, then came the Tokyo Yamathon Urban Challenge. I once applied for Tokyo Marathon but was rejected. This is the closest thing in experiencing long-distance running / walking activity.


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