Shurakuen Great Buddha. Nagoya, Japan.

The mind is everything. What you think you become. ~ The Buddha   Friday afternoon, feeling extremely disturbed by one miserable incident, I took the train to Shurakuen Park hoping a walk could clear my mind. I walked uphill and saw the Great Buddha statute up close. It is the same statue I have been seeing…

Top 3 in Gifu City. Gifu, Japan.

Gifu City might be under-rated in Japan as a destination for tourists but not until recently. Many people have actually been to Gifu without visiting the city as other attractions in the prefectures are more well known than this charming city, namely Takayama, Shirakawa-Go, Gero Onsen etc. I took a trip to Gifu City in…

Oirase Stream Trail. Aomori, Japan.

Oirase Stream, measures 14km in total from Nenokuchi (near Towada Lake) to Yakeyama, is the most visited sight in Aomori prefecture. Famous for its waterfalls, clear streams, unique rock formation, wooden bridges and changing colours of the nature in respective season. The trail is pleasant, with most of the path being covered by greeneries and…

Tachi Nebuta Matsuri. Aomori, Japan.

Though not as popular as the renowned Nebuta Matsuri, Tachi Nebuta Matsuri has its own uniqueness as the event is held on the ground, than on the sea for better viewing pleasure. Tachi literally means standing, hence the three dimensional floats are standing manly in the night, lighten up with illuminated colourful lights. The parade…

Kanto Festival. Akita, Japan.

The Kanto Festival is a harvest festival in Akita, where hundred of performers balance massive candle-lit lantern poles on different parts of their body including their palms, hips, shoulders or foreheads in a show of skill and strength. The shape of the kanto signifies the ear of rice, with 46 lanterns imitating the straw bags of rice….

Japanese Curry Rice 「カレーライス」Japan.

I read an article recently about how British learnt making curry from the Indian hundres years ago. They found it too spicy to handle, hence when they return to England, they use the same method with less spice and chillies to reduce the spiciness. The British then introduced the ‘less spicy’ curry recipe to the…

Slow Food. Singapore.

Judging from the name, “Slow Food” promotes food culture and dining experiences that go against fast food. I was wrong. I came across Slow Food International – a global, grassroots organization who are linking good food with a commitment to their community and the environment through a TV program. The documentary discussed the ideas behind slow city, slow ride,…

Bak Kut Teh. Klang, Malaysia.

Bak Kut Teh (Meat, Ribs, Tea) is a foodie‬ journey one must take when in Klang, south of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Thick herb soup, pork ribs, tendon, stomach, beancurd, enoki mushroom all in a pot. It is rather heartwarming, especially on a rainy day. Bak Kut Teh can be served as breakfast, lunch or dinner, actually…

Sansai Soba. Japan.

Sansai, literately ‘mountain vegetable’ that are seasonal. From mushrooms in various forms and colors as long as they are edible to fresh vegetables, normally local produce, Sansai are normally hand picked by the cook. Sansai Soba is as simple as its name suggested. Just soba with sansai served in dashi based clear soup. Freshness and…

A Tree in the Garden. Seoul, Korea.

The tree that mirrors on the ground, in the garden of the royal palace… Clear blue sky, wide space, a shade of Sakura tree providing protection to the people, who gathered to listen, and feel the royal life in silence, as part of the journey they travel to Seoul. @ Gyeongbokgung Palace

Sakura in Gyeongbokgung. Seoul, Korea.

 My very first sakura (cherry blossom) viewing was not in Japan, but Korea. April, 2013, I was in Seoul. The day was scheduled to visit the Gyeongbokgung in the north part of the city, with much anticipation to admire the great architecture and history behind the royal palace. However,  something else caught my eye that was…

Tibetan Buddhist. Kathmandu, Nepal.

Buddha was born in Shakya (Sakya) Kingdom of Kapilvastu which lies in present-day Rupandehi district, Lumbini zone of Nepal. An old buddhist, who walked around Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu, with a prayer beads in hand, she walks around the stupa in clockwise directions for hours till the sun sets. Chanting, with deep thoughts. Boudhanath Stupa is the largest…