Thursday, April 7, 2016

Long live the flowers!

This year's cherry blossoms are amazing.  They started blooming here on March 21, over 2 weeks ago, and they are still everywhere in Tokyo in full bloom!



It is such a prolonged luxury of spring.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Visit to Yu-an, the Obayashi Collection

Recently I had a fortunate opportunity to visit Yu-an, the private museum that showcases the Obayashi Collection artworks.  The museum stands in a quiet residential area, and is closed to the public.

The owner gave us a tour around the house which was full of commission works of world's finest living artists.  The glass and concrete building was designed by Tadao Ando, and the courtyard, covered by over 6,000 shining tiles, was done by Olafur Eliasson,


Like public museums, the exhibits change every few months, and when we visited, the solo show of Simon Fujiwara was going on, coinciding with his another solo exhibition at Opera City Art Gallery in Tokyo.

It also serves as the owner's personal two-bedroom guest house where his guests can dine and sleep amid the world's finest artists' works.  Tokujin Yoshioka's beautiful glass table reflects the light coming from Eliasson's courtyard and creates a most artistic bar!

The place was a real hidden gem.


Saturday, September 26, 2015

Tokyo Tower Viewing Spot

Shiba Park is certainly one of the greatest Tokyo Tower viewing spots.  The tower may look like a small-sized replica in this photo, but it is life size, and when you see it under the blue sky, you cannot help stopping for a photo.  

Less known is the fact that the park also offers a mini-hiking at Shiba Maruyama Tomb, which is a low hill covered with trees and has a walking trail.  A nice place to check on a fine day.  

Monday, October 20, 2014

Yanaka: Tokyo's Lost Nostalgia

Yanaka is just an ordinary town in Tokyo and there was nothing special about it 30 years ago. Though Yanaka does not have major tourist attractions, these days tourists come from other parts of Tokyo and even overseas, because of the nostalgic atmosphere that has been lost elsewhere.  It seems like the area has chosen to be left behind the rapid progress that Tokyo has been going through.
Since the area around Yanaka was not destroyed much during the war, a lot of old houses and temples still remain the way they were.      



A wander through small alleys off the main shopping street will take you back in time.  You may feel as if you had seen it somewhere a long time ago.     
 The silver grass by the temple reminded me of the season.  


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Tokyo Skyline over the Imperial Palace

There are not many places in Tokyo where you can view the entire Imperial Palace from above, but I  found one recently.  This photo was taken from a restaurant in Marunouchi.



The vast green area at the very center of Tokyo makes the buildings look so small, and keeps the air fresh. 

Hot Spring in Atami

Bathing in the hot spring bath under the sky and watching the fresh green of the mountains...


Atami may have an image of being an old hot spring resort for elder people, but recently there are some nice accommodations.  It is less than an hour away from Tokyo, they have fresh seafood, sea, mountains, and hot spring.  What else could I ask for?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Flower Burst!

After a long cold winter, suddenly Tokyo is full of flowers!  A short beautiful season that cannot be missed.