Sunday, February 12, 2006

konnichiwa, tokyo!



i'm leaving for tokyo tomorrow morning and will be gone for a week. i'm super excited as i've only transited through narita but haven't spent any time in japan. i've always heard of tokyo as the ultimate dream for urban explorers. the energy and vibe is supposed to be even more fabulous and charged than new york city. i'm really looking forward to soaking in the sights and sounds of a culture which is always on the bleeding edge!

i suspect that jetlag might provide lots of opportunities for blogging. i'll take my camera along to give you my take on japanese food and culture. do let me know if you have any recommendations of must-dos while i'm there!

6 Comments:

Blogger artismarti said...

Have a fabulous time, Lulu! I'm so envious! :) btw, thanks for putting up that post about Poha. After reading i, I had a major craving for it & made it this weekend. I do prefer our savoury Indian breakfasts to the sweet ones available here.
Cheers
Arti

4:53 pm  
Blogger gs said...

ohayo godaymaaz!
my first visit to tokyo was in 1984.japan was in full bloom then.lulu do you still remember the name of the street and that of the hotel where i stayed which for so many years thereafter you would rattle,though i had completely forgotten about it?
tokyo is like any other modern city.it has a teeming population and very very expensive.i learnt to use chopsticks when i was in tokyo but i must admit i was never very comfortable doing that.sake is a rice drink which you must try.and just for the experience visit a geisha with your host.tokyo by night is a must must.if you have the time take the bullet train(fastest in the world) and have a look at mount fuji.there is a place where you get only electronic stuff at tokyo at bargain prices.sony,matsushita,sanyo etc etc.there are a few indian restaurants-amber,maharajah etc where you get good north indian food.rice is sticky and somehow yoghurt was not available then.take plenty of visiting cards because exchanging them is a ceremony in itself.and take care of your back.you will have to kep on bowing when you meet people.and say domo domo(thanks thanks)

12:58 am  
Blogger rums said...

do traditional kimonos really cost the earth? and do japanese kids really live in a different world populated by anime characters?
i guess a week is too short a time to figure out that one, but i am really curious.
i have heard that you get excellent food at the restaurants in the trendy roppongi hills area.

9:41 am  
Blogger rums said...

oh and if you want to ask what time it is in japanese say, 'ima nanji deska?'
i learnt some japanese while in college, actually i was more interested in the tutor, still remember his name: rafiq ito, and therefore never got around learning the language well enough to converse :)

9:44 am  
Anonymous Yvonne said...

Wow few weeks ago I discovered the world of food blogs and I love to look around read a lot of interesting stories / receipes,... and I have to say your blog is very interesting. Looks great and there are a lot of receipes (has your profession something to do with food / cooking?) I would like to try immediately. But now I look like a little green monster: I think Japan is very interesting to visit, it's so different. I am very curious to read more about it. Have a great time!!!

3:23 pm  
Blogger Lulu said...

rums, sounds like you hawd some japanese loving in your past. how fun! the kimonos are super expensive because the good ones are made from pure silk and all the patterns are woven by hand. they are meant to be heirlooms and therefore objets d'art.

on the subject of anime - i saw an exhibition on manga (japanese comics) at teh consulate in london when picking up my visa. sounds like a very fascinating subject, i will do some research tomorrow and report back on them. i would love to see if some mangas are available in english.

thanks, yvonnne. hope you enjoy my random musings on food and travel!

2:25 pm  

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