Day hike from Tokyo: The other giant Buddha

Tokyo is all fun and dandy, but have you ever wondered what is there on the other side of the pond? The pond being the Tokyo bay. Well, the other side of the bay is Chiba prefecture, home turf to farmers and fish. Luckily for us, in order to get to Chiba from Shibuya, youContinue reading “Day hike from Tokyo: The other giant Buddha”

Attempting Oshima # 2: A weekend in Izu Oshima

Ok, by now, I guess everyone is familiar with how bad my trip to Amami-Oshima failed in September. As this was not enough to stop me though, a month later I tried my luck with another Oshima: Izu Oshima. If you are curious about the repetition of island names, it is because Ooshima (大島) meansContinue reading “Attempting Oshima # 2: A weekend in Izu Oshima”

The obvious contrasts

I’ve spent a wonderful 3-week long spring break in Greece and now I am back in Japan to continue my daily routine. At the time of both arriving to Greece and returning to Japan, the contrast hit me – HARD. As I leave Japan, everything is smooth as usual; trains on time, smiling airport employees,Continue reading “The obvious contrasts”

Thoughts from Kyo(to)

The past few days, I visited Kyoto, the old capital of Japan, that is now only ‘lending’ the capital right to Tokyo, until the turmoil sets and old ways are restored. Being the symbol of geishas, maccha tea and drinking by the river, Kyoto is an amazing city retaining the past atmosphere; which means 1.5Continue reading “Thoughts from Kyo(to)”

Day-trip from Tokyo: Odawara castle

[[Featured image: The Tora (tiger) sign of the Odawara castle.] [[Image Gallery follows] It’s been a week now that a university friend is visiting me in Tokyo. He couldn’t have picked a worse time possible. The start of the year comes bearing fruits #NOT: progress reports, presentations, assignments, and so on. Nevertheless, I have toContinue reading “Day-trip from Tokyo: Odawara castle”

Scarabs & Bitter oranges (A weekend in Patras)

January has not been an easy month for me. February all the same.  I needed a break and had to see the waves in order to somewhat calm down. Patras is and always has been an excellent choice for mood-making. (Though I couldn’t eat, which was hard, considering I had to avoid temptations for 2Continue reading “Scarabs & Bitter oranges (A weekend in Patras)”