Memories from Japan
Here sharing some of the old photos. These photos were shot 15 years back (yes, fifteen years!) in 1997. I was working with an IT company and part of a software development project for which the client was based out of Japan. We had to travel to Tokyo, Japan couple of times during that period of time. In between project work we had visited couple of places in and around Tokyo and here are some of selected snaps.
These photos are not digital and were shot using a Nikon F70D analog camera. So what you are seeing are basically scanned from the original printed photographs. Luckily, very few of the photos have faded in color.
Around Office and Guesthouse
Being hands-on with Okonomiyaki
Well, we wanted to experience something authentic Japanese food. So we decided to go to a restaurant which specializes in Okonomiyaki. It’s a popular pan fried food that consists of batter and cabbage. Selected toppings and ingredients are added to meet guests’ taste. The name literally means “to one’s liking”. The dish is filled with octopus, shrimp, pork, etc.
In Japan, people usually eat okonomiyaki at restaurants that specialize in the dish. At some of these restaurants the dining tables are each equipped with an iron griddle (“teppan”), and customers are given the ingredients to cook the meal themselves. Wow!
And this whole cooking exercise can be rather daunting…
Trip to Hakone
Hakone is less than 100 kilometers from Tokyo – part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. It’s famous for hot springs, natural beauty and the view of nearby Mt. Fuji – one of the most popular destinations among Japanese and international tourists looking for a break from Tokyo.
The pictures below speak the rest…
Climbing Mt. Fuji
Mount Fuji (3776 meters), or Fuji-san as it is known locally, is Japan’s highest and most prominent mountain. The mountain looks gorgeous from afar than from close-up. Climbing Mount Fuji can be a lifelong memorable experience. July-August are official climbing season as there will be no snow and the mountain huts are each levels are open for climbers. Most of the climbers, not having much of experience, try the peak climbing season.
Mount Fuji is divided into ten stations with the first station at the foot of the mountain and the tenth station being the summit. The cars go as far as the fifth station i.e. halfway up the mountain. Most people start their ascent from 5th level.