A cliché of the Japanese culture

I was on the train, on my way back home when I saw this sumo trainee sitting across from me. He was himself sitting beside schoolgirls in their uniform, playing on their phone; I felt that the scene depicted Japan so well that it deserved a photograph! So I took a sneaky photo… 

Summer is coming and so is the new yukata collection!

Summer means festivals and the wear of yukata (light summer kimono). The shops have started to display their new collection of yukata and accessories such as bags and geta sandals. Would I buy this one?

Winter scenery

Tokyo has a mild climate in the winter and for that reason, there are quite a lot of flowers during that period too, which makes the winter season more colorful!


On the go: kimono lady getting on the train

I love this type of contrast: traditional and modern life brought together. It makes me smile whenever I see an elegant lady in kimono in a place that feels “wrong” like the train or the supermarket! 


On the go: hairdresser training

At the train station, I met this group of happy young people holding dolls heads on which they had proudly practiced hair styles.


An old fashion Japanese restaurant

Walking around the neighborhood of Gakugeidaigaku in Tokyo, I discovered a small restaurant with old hand-made looking delivery bikes parked outside! A man explained to me that the spring system at the back of the bike is to keep the food box stable when the delivery man is riding the motorbike.


Culture: the special Pocky

Pocky, the famous chocolate stick biscuit is hugely popular over in Japan, to the point that they have a very wide selection that goes from “super thin sticks” to “the Pocky for men”. At the moment, they have a gratitude campaign for Valentines Day where you can find specially packaged Pocky to express your gratitude and love to your special people, like your mother and father. In Japan, Valentine’s Day isn’t just for couples…

An example of the special Pocky box for Mama (“mum” in Japanese) called Mamacky and Papa (“dad in Japanese) called Papacky!

The standard Pocky looks like that:


Chuukagai, the Chinatown of Yokohama

The atmosphere in Chuukagai feels so authentic, it’s a total change of scenenery from the neat streets of Yokohama. It’s really crowded with food stalls and restaurants everywhere! A nice place to visit when in Yokohama.


Winter sun and flakes

In winter, it gets really sunny in Tokyo but the sun is very low very quick and gives a beautiful cold light. Cycling around an old neighborhood of Tokyo we came across those old Christmas decoration that get a nice shine in the winter sun!


Yokohama Chinese gondola

If one fancy renting a Chinese gondola boat at Yokohama harbor…