Japanese Fashion

Japan has had centuries of serious fashion scenes…so serious that at one point in its history, fashion became a threat to the social order of its society! Advertisements

The Pulse of Tokyo

In 1890, Japan’s population was over 50 million. In 2014, its population was over 127 million, making Japan as the 11th most populated country in the world. The Greater Tokyo metropolitan area, which is also called Japan’s National Capital Region, has a population of 37.8 million and is the world’s most populated metropolis.

Fast Track to Success

Japan’s economic recovery after WWII was brought about by several factors, like its close relationship with United States, its industrial strength and the attitude of collectivism among its people, companies and government. The Japanese government gave its total support to the business community. Unlike other countries whose business entities had to sell stocks and bonds to raise capital to finance their expansion, Japan’s government-owned bank loaned money to Japanese business establishments to hasten technology development.  Japan’s gross national product grew at a fast rate of 10% after the war till the 1960’s,… Read More

The Land of the Rising Sun

Japan is a great mirror in which the Japanese see themselves coming and going. It’s amazing how they underwent gentrification. Those dark years definitely did not pull them down… rather, they took great strides in their own personal evolution, redeemed themselves and shone. They’ve understood their location, experiences and how they’ve evolved collectively and organically through time, infusing their own culture and external impact appropriately. Just two decades after WWII, it had become the third largest economic power in the world! This is a country with no natural resources but it rose… Read More

Japan’s Emergence as a Great Power

Japan had an intense fusion of peace and war…peace when its people settled in the quiet nights and awaking in mornings with no fear amidst its landscape which beautifully transformed in each passing  season…and war when its people were besieged with societal concerns and illusions of power.

Imperial Palace, home to the world’s oldest continuous monarchy.

Thousands of years have gone by and a multitude of changes happened in the realm of existence.  We’ve seen the critical formative influences that defined cultures… and the forces that tried to re-define cultures. We’ve seen the rise and fall of empires… and monarchies.  We’ve seen ancient existence survived, progressed… and ultimately integrated with the modern world.

Walking Back to the Edo Period at Hakone Sekisho

Going inside the gate of Hakone Sekisho, a checkpoint which also operated as a significant transit and communication site for around 250 years during Edo period. After the collapse of the Kamakura shogunate in 1333, a warlord named Ashikaga Tokauji became a shogun in 1338.  The Ashikaga shogunate, Japan’s second shogunate, was called the “Age of the Country at War” but despite the chaos, trade was encouraged and Zen-inspired art started during this period. The government collapsed towards the end of this shogunate, with the local lords called daimyos gaining the loyalty of… Read More

Kamakura, Home of the Samurai

When we travel, we seek more than what we see. Japan is such a breathtaking place but beyond that, in order for us to have a deep understanding of its culture, we need to know the geographical and historical conditions that had shaped what it is today…and Kamakura, being the heart of power for 150 years and the 13th century de facto capital, is one of Japan’s most significant historic places.

Enoshima, A Sacred Site

Ancient Japan’s spirituality was in reverence with nature mysticism, where the forces of nature were seen as spirits…and this evolved into a religion called Shinto. Nature was the heart of their spirituality and culture. Even their shrines and temples were placed according to its natural landforms.

Hama-rikyu Gardens

Japan is such a remarkable synthesis of two extremes – you can sink into calmness or get dazzled by excitement… you can walk through ancient temples and shrines or explore the ultra modern landscape with huge monuments of glass, steel and concrete. There is such diversity in landscape… gardens disrupt the modern concrete so peace and harmony are preserved in some spaces of a densely populated metropolitan area