Memories of March

A few days ago, I saw a couple of photographs of cherry blossoms along the so called Philosopher’s Path in Kyoto. The photographs reminded me of my own trip to Japan in March/ April 2015. I can’t believe it’s been a full four years since I travelled to Japan. In fond memory of that trip…

History through manga- Shigeru Mizuki’s Showa Japan

A while ago I had written about how I’d visited the Aquincum museum at Budapest and how impressed I was with their exhibition “Dark Spells at Aquincum” which brought the history and lore of curse tablets and other dark rituals from Ancient Roman times to the visitors in a simple and easy to understand and…

18 filters on Mt Fuji

Those well versed in art will understand my reference to the Japanese Edo-period artist Hokusai and his renowned 36 views of Mt Fuji wood block prints. Even if you haven’t heard of Hokusai I’m sure you have come across the image below If you’re a tourist in Japan, you will see the Great Wave produced…

Memories of Spring

I can’t believe it is almost a year since I went to Japan. It was the first time I was heading to the country and with a bit of planning and good fortune I landed up right in the peak of Cherry Blossom season. As icing on the cake I managed to spend an entire…

Todaiji, Nara, Japan

Last week I had posted a photograph of the Great Buddha statue of Todaiji temple in Nara, Japan.  Here are some photographs from both inside and outside the temple complex. The Nio Guardians are like the Dwarapalakas in Indian temple tradition. Door wardens who guard the entrance to the Gods. It was quite dark inside…

The Deer of Nara, Japan

Nara is an absolute must visit if you’re travelling to Japan. One of the main attractions in the town is the central Nara Park. This park offers easy access to the main tourist sites of Nara including the world famous Todaiji temple which houses the world’s largest Bronze statue of Buddha (more on Todaji another…

Mt Fuji Hotel: Uninterrupted Views

I can’t believe it’s almost been a year since I went to Japan. Time flies! I can’t also believe how behind I am in my blogging. Apart from brief photographs and descriptions I haven’t posted much from any of my major trips last year. So I have started setting myself weekly targets on posts in…

Himeji Castle: The White Wonder

Himeji castle is a wonder. Originally built in the 14th century it underwent modifications until the 17th century after which it has remained more or less intact through four centuries. Himeji castle had been closed for renovations for 5 years until it opened on the 27th of March 2015. I was there 5 days after…