Sundays in Tokyo

Every day is an adventure here but Sundays allow you to see a bit more than usual as people have quality time with themselves, their families, friends, pets, and can dress as they fancy. What do you think of this one?

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Yokohama

Here is the 2nd largest city in Japan, in fact, you cannot really see the limit between Tokyo and Yokohama as they both grew so big that it is now a huge metropolis.

Door-to-door, it takes me an hour to go there. Many metro lines in Tokyo become suburb train lines and quite a few go to Yokohama, I usually take the Namboku metro line that continues to it.

Yokohama is know for

  • the shopping malls
  • the bay
  • the amusement park in Minato Mirail
  • the stadium for large events
  • Chinatown

It is closer to Haneda than Tokyo is for most areas.

 

Food in Kanazawa

Kanazawa is known for the cuisine, plenty of fish and plenty of great places for dining. I also found that there is a trendy flair to it with modern bars hidden in traditional houses in the bottom of a tiny street, it is a great foodie place

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Kenrokuen

Japanese people are very close to nature and have a very tight relationship with their environment. Most of the bank holidays are related to nature (day of the mountain, day of the sea, day of the nature etc)

Among other items, they love gardens and there are the 3 most beautiful gardens of Japan to be visited once in a lifetime. I had this opportunity while in Kanazawa where is the Kenrokuen located.

I was not sure I would connect with this place as I was afraid of the crowd, potential queues, etc. I went there in the morning and really felt it was a beautiful place. Entrance fee is only Y100.- to help maintain the place. Although there were many people, it never felt crowded and, as always in Japan, people were so respectful that you could still enjoy the silence and peace of the place. a must if you are in the region!!

 

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There was a photo shooting as we were wandering there, it was so cute,

 

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One funny thing, Kanazawa is known to be the golden city, people like gold here and many things are made of gold (even ice creams). I was therefore amused to see that the mushrooms look golden over here!

Election Day

Last week, October 22nd, were the general elections in Japan. Although a typhoon was going across the country that day, many people paid a visit to the poll.

On that Sunday morning, I was very impressed and even stressed out as a general announcement came over Tokyo. Since the announcement was made in Japanese, I was unsure whether it was about the typhoon security measures and what to do. Fortunately, the end of the call expressed in English that this was a reminder that people should go to vote!

All cities are equipped with public speakers to conduct drills in case of earthquakes and over disasters, very impressive for me but also quite stressful

 

Hakone

Exciting days for IHG ANA in Japan with the signing of our first Hotel Indigo! Hotel Indigo Hakone Gora will open in 2019, in partnership with GHS K.K. and Daiwa House Industry Co. Take a look at this stunning hotel: http://bit.ly/IHG_HotelIndigoHakoneGora

 

Hotel Indigo Hakone Gora entrance

Negotiations in Japan

Here is another interesting one where I could connect to in many ways.http://www.businessinsider.com/negotiating-with-japanese-2014-5/?IR=T