Archive for January, 2006

Snowfall in Tokyo

I wake today morning and see out from the window. WOW! Its snowfall !!
Snow falling gently all over. I quickly got ready, put on my thick jacket and went out to the street. Wow! white white snow all over. I walked on snow, gathered snow by both hands.
I went to Sachit’s place to wake him up. We opened his big window and see snowfall from there also. Saturday, no work. So we went out with umbrella. We had never seen snowfall like this in city.
We had a pass, so we went to the National Art Museum first. Great Japanese and modern arts. But we were much more eager to enjoy the snowfall. So we went to the Imperial palace, very near our institute.
Very beautiful in the palace area. No traffic inside, few people walk. So cushions of undisturbed snow everywhere. Quite thick snowfall. Not so cold to touch snow. But when it melts its very cold. We saw people making snow man. White snow over trees, roof tops, everywhere. Great experience walking on snow, playing with snow.
We were talking, " we should have been here today with other friends too".
Some pics here

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Living in Tokyo

I try to wake up early morning. But difficult to wake up from the warm bed. I get very sound sleep. Its cold outside, cool breeze. On my way to office I see people walking fast, some even running. Some run to cross the street before the crossing light turns red. Lot of people in the train station. In the escalators people always stand on the left side, so that people who want to walk up the automatic ladder can walk from the right.
People come early to the office. Everyone is working at own desk. Dont talk much. I sometime talk to the French guy on my left. The gentleman from Algeria behind me and the lady from Iran talked to me a bit. I havent talked much with Japanese yet. Many of them find difficult to talk in English. Some dont like to talk in English.
For lunch I can go to the mini stop outside or to the microbiotic vegeterian restaurants. Our place is an office area. The restaurants are busy during the lunch time. We can see queues. Finish lunch and then back to work.
Many places smoking is not allowed. Once when Sachit was smoking on the way, he found a no smoking sign on the pavement floor he was walking on. So, wherever he knows he can smoke, Sachit is tempted 🙂
We have a room to sleep in the office. If feel very sleep, can go there and sleep. Its warm and cozy inside the office. When I go back to my guest house at night (to sleep) I face the chilly wind again. I can find the train upto mid night. I sometimes see drunk people at night. Some people talking loudly and merrily on their way back home.

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Shinjuku, Tokyo

Yesterday I and Sachit went to Shinjuku to meet our friend Suraj Shrestha. We met near the Times Square. Its like times square in New York. There are big buildings, towers and shopping malls around. However, compared to Bangkok, things in Tokyo seem to be much older. There are not too many high buildings as in Bangkok.
We went to the observatory in the Tokyo Metropolitan building (abt 40th floor a I remember). The building has twin towers joined together. We see all around Tokyo from there. Tokyo appears to be very dense. Many small houses. We see hills far away. The weather was not clear, otherwise we may have seen mount Fuji from there. The view looks nice. We also collected a lot of tourist information books from the building. I will try to visit the building again when we have time.

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