Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tokyo Stock Exchange

Lets take a look around the world third largest stock exchange. This facility is often seen on TV news and the media center, information terrace where stock prices are shown and exhibition hall offering historical views.

Look familiar?

Historical hall showing how the previous version of Japanese bond and stock certificate look like.

Imperial Government War bond.

This section always shown in economy/finance news on television.

How about this? The summary score board of Japan's economy.

The scrolling bar.

There is a ceremony here.

Subway: Tokyo Metro Kayabacho Station Exit 11: 5 mins on foot (T11). Its 3 blocks away from Kayabacho station.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tsukiji Fish Market @ Tokyo

Tsukiji Market is best known as one of the world's largest fish markets. It is the most famous of over ten wholesale markets that handle the distribution of fish, meat, produce and flowers in metropolitan Tokyo. The abundance of sea product here is really amazing! The sight of the many kinds of fresh fish and other seafood and the busy atmosphere of scooters, trucks, sellers and buyers hurrying around, make Tsukiji Market a major tourist attractions.

Tsukiji Market consists of an inner market where most of the wholesale business and the famous tuna auctions are taking place. The number of visitors to the tuna auction is limited to 120 per day, the maximum number which the market's infrastructure can accommodate. Tourists, who wish to see the auction, have to apply at the Fish Information Center at the Kachidoki Gate, starting from 5:00am on a first-come, first-serve basis. A first group of 60 visitors will be admitted to the auction between 5:25 and 5:50, while a second group of 60 visitors will be admitted between 5:50 and 6:15. I can't make it that early as I always back late and sleep late :-( But the view around the market in the morning is quite fantastic.

Very huge market complex. It took me around 2-3 hours to look around.

Assorted fishes.

Fish roe.

Fish roe and fish liver.

Delicious and expensive sea urchin.

So many kinds of clams you can't imagine.

Sliced fish block. I not sure whether you can get whale meat here.

The squid tentacles is so thick.

Large size clams.

I not sure what is this. But for sure looks like human brain!

Amazingly this market no bad smell.

One advise. Please be careful when coming here as there is a lot of fast speed scooter around. These scooter is used to carry seafood around the market.

Now I am outside the market. You can see many Japanese vegetables here. This is how real wasabi look like.

I like this sweet black bean. Very nice!

Street market selling many kinds of food stuff.

Subway: Toei Ōedo Line to Tsukijishijō (E18) (exit A1)(Nearer)
Hibiya Line to Tsukiji (exit 1 or 2) (H10). Priority exit 1.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Harajuku @ Tokyo

Harajuku is also a fashion capital of the world, renowned for its unique street fashion. However, I don't manage to capture the Harajuku girls on the Jingu Bridge which connects Harajuku to Meiji Shrine. I did manage to saw some punk fashion and leather jacket fashion which is quite famous in Tokyo. Harajuku is also a large shopping district that includes international brands, its own brands, and shops selling clothes for young people. The main landmark in Harajuku is Yoyogi Park and Meiji Shrine.

Famous leather jacket band which performs every sunday in Yoyogi Park.

Lebels Harajuku.

Dancing performance.

Lady in the team.

Punk head spotted.

Beautiful scene in Yoyogi Park.

Subway: Tokyo Metro Meiji-jingumae Station Exit 2(C03).

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Autumn view of Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden @ Tokyo, Japan

Shinjuku Gyoen is a large park near Shinjuku and Shibuya. The site was the residence of the Naito family, feudal lords of the Takato domain in Shinshu. The name was changed to Shinjuku Imperial Botanical Garden in May 1879, and then to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden after World War II, when it was opened to the public. The park spans an area of 58.3ha and has a circumference of 3.5km, and is scattered with diverse garden styles like neat and orderly French formal, vast English landscape, and traditional Japanese, where visitors stroll a path and enjoy ponds and streams from various angles. Beautiful flowers bloom year round such as cherry blossoms and rhododendrons from January to May, and chrysanthemums in November. This time I am going to view the scenery of autumn in the park.

There is entrance fee of 200 Yen for adult to enter the park. It worth to pay as I think this is among the best park and most beautiful in the world. You will need to spend at least half day here to explore the park.

My morning routine in Tokyo. Catch the subway to my favourite place.

Brought the ticket to enter the park. The fee is 200 Yen.

Japanese style of winter sonata.

Beautiful pine trees.

Me with the trees.

Colour changing tree.

Different phases of autumn.

Totally no leaf.

Good feng shui view. Bonsai everywhere.


Manage to capture some sakura.


Ginkgo garden.

Somehow the tall building looks very familiar. It is NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building.

The park is properly maintain.

Wow, so pro. Almost all carry Canon white lens.

GPS/Coordinate: 35.689242, 139.706427
Subway: Tokyo Metro Shinjuku-gyoemmae Station Exit 1: 5 mins on foot (M10). You can also stop at Shinjuku station using JR line with 10 minutes walk.

Autumn view of Ueno Park @ Tokyo, Japan

Ueno Park is one of the Japan most famous site to view cherry blossoms in April every year. However, the autumn scenery view is quite beautiful as well. The area also houses three museum with Tokyo National Museum being the prominent one, The National Scienece Museum and The Museum of Western Art. Besides that, Ueno Zoo is also located within Ueno Park compound. This area is quite popular tourist attraction area and recreation area for both Japanese and foreigners. I love to visit developed countries park as all the parks are well maintain, full of attractions, pedestrian friendly, can have a good walk, people watching and most of the time its free entrance!

This view is classic.

One of nice area in Ueno Park.

Great recreation area.

No more leaf.

Colourful trees near Ueno Zoo entrance.

Gojō shrine.

Violin performance in the park.

All the plant in this lake already rotten. Preparing for winter.

National Museum of Nature and Science.

Huge whale on the display.

Nearest subway station: Tokyo Metro Ueno Station (H17). Around 2 minutes walk to Ueno Park.
Location: Taito, Tokyo, Japan.
GPS: 35°42′44″N 139°46′16″E