Sunday, June 28, 2009

Japanese cuisine Kaiseki II

Tempura and Miso soup
Next is grilled fish, or tempura and indispensable to Kaiseki and to any Japanese course is a bowl of rice, miso soup and pickled vegetables. At last a desserts of seasonal fruits.


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Japanese cuisine Kaiseki

Table decoration on a Japanese Restaurant
Kaiseki cuisine is a multi course traditional Japanese meal, served on traditional restaurants.

Appetizer and tea pot
Tea and appetizers are served before the main dish, steamed vegetables on a decorated bowl.

Kaiseki cuisine appetizer
Each one of them dishes are presented in special plates that further enhance them, like this dish of “eda mame”, eel sushi, tempura and egg on a leaf plate, additionally cubed meat on a tall cup.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Ginza shopping district

Ginza Wako clock tower
Ginza is one of the most luxurious shopping destinations in the world; the most famous brands have their flagship stores there.

Ginza's weekend pedestrian zone
One of the main streets is closed to traffic on weekends and becomes a popular shopper’s pedestrian zone.

Buddhist monk collecting donations
A Takuhatsu Buddhist monk collecting donations in Ginza.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Festival at Hakusan shrine

Hakusan shrine's Hydrangea festival
Tokyo’s Hakusan shrine celebrates the Hydrangea festival in early summer.

Hydrangea flowers
Hydrangea flowers surround the temple and provide a colorful welcome to worshipers.

paper lanterns at hakusa shrine
Paper lanterns at an ablution pavilion at the shrine.


Sunday, June 14, 2009

Japanese glass wind chime

Wind chime street vendor
wind chime Japanese wind chimes’ street vendors are a common sight in the summer, when they cruise the streets with a large collection in display.

Japanese wind chime

The Fuuri wind chimes are then hanged by the window pane and the sound of the fresh air coming in, provides a refreshing harmony to cool off the summer.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Shibuya crossing


Shibuya is one of the three Tokyo sub cities (the other two are Shinjuku and Harajuku) that represent the main Japanese business districts. It is the city of young people that with harajuku are the source of Asia’s trendiest fashions for Asia.

Shibuya station

Shibuya Station opened on 1885, and with 2.7 million passengers on an average weekday is the third-busiest commuter rail station in Japan after Shinjuku, and Ikebukuro.

Shibuya crossing

The famous pedestrian scramble crossing at Hachiko exit, served as location for movies “lost in translation” and the “fast and the furious: Tokyo drift”, the starbucks in the crossing is one of the busiest in the world.


Monday, June 8, 2009

Senbei (rice crackers)

Senbei makers at work

Senbei's makers working at a traditional store in the Asakusa area.
Senbei are rice crackers flavored normally with soy saucem, mirin, and nori, grilled or baked.

senbei's shoppers in Asakusa
Shoppers lining to buy fresh made senbei.
Senbei is a popular snack offered to visitors, normally accompanied with green tea.


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Maman at Roppongi Hills

maman at roppongi hills

Maman sculpture by French artist Louise Bourgeois is part of the permanent public art exhibition of Mori Art museum at the plaza of roppongi hills.

Roppongi Hills

Similar sculptures are in display at several other locations like London's Tate museum, St Petersburg's Hermitage, and Bilbao's Guggenheim.


The sculpture is 10 meters tall and made entirely of bronze, with the exception of the marble eggs on the spider belly.