It was a journey of centuries through transcending crisis and adversities…and it had men who built such a colossus of power and culture. Read More
“All roads lead to Rome.” I’ve heard of this cliché since I was a child. I’ve heard and thought about Rome’s history extensively…and read about it, trying to seek to understand what shaped the characters of those who helped built such a colossal empire and its citizens who were proud to say “Civis Romanus sum!” So drawn by not a mere smidgen of curiosity, I stepped into the portal of the past. The place has kept history and the great works of art alive, giving us a chance to see these at every turn! Read More
It’s amazing how the Japanese, skilled in the arts, technology and trade, had also mastered the art of food dynamics. Japanese cuisine is reflective of a resolute quest for perfection: the ingredients are of high quality; layers of flavors are created without using too many spices thus emphasizing the natural goodness of the ingredients; the food presentation is a work of art, emphasizing on the natural beauty of the ingredients. There is a harmonious balance of texture, color, shape, and flavor. Read More
After going around Tsukiji Fish and Seafood Market, I was able to say “No wonder Japan is a foodie’s paradise! It has a stable supply of top-notch ingredients to the people who take quality so seriously!”. Read More
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! Read More
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. Read More
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, surpassing West Germany, whose GNP grew by 6 percent annually, the fastest growing economy in Europe at that time. Read More
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 to be one of the seven wealthiest major developed nations. It had catapulted into a first world country.
Japan shone, like the rising sun, to the rest of the world!
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. Read More
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. Read More