Usually we hear people talk about addiction and what comes to our mind? Alcohol, smoking etc. But I’m not addicted to any of these. But snacks. Can’t stop snacking. I’m not used to having breakfast, lunch or dinner. Anytime I feel like hungry I grab something at any time of the day and that keeps me going. I don’t crave for food like normal people and I’m fine with anything to munch which satisfy my hunger. Sometimes I go out with my colleagues during their normal breakfast or lunch hours just to give company or to discuss something related to work. Even if I have lunch with them I crave for something to snack. Only then my craving stops. I’m trying to control my craving for snacks but it just grows within me. I need to figure some other way to stop snacking.
I wish I could change the world. The world we live in now is filled with poverty, vengeance, bad politics and anything and everything done for the sake of earning more money.
Today the world has become perilous to live in. And even worse the media and Internet exaggerates small mess to an extent that it negatively effects people’s lives. These technologies are good as long as it doesn’t change the way we think. The news media has become an integral part of our life that we start thinking the way the news is projected. See the debates that’s on all the news channel. They literally fight on the screen just to make their point and don’t even have the courtesy to listen to their peers. The host doesn’t allow anyone to complete their point. He is more concerned on the TRP ratings their channel gets making it more interesting (in a negetive way) than something that would have been more useful to the society. These news channels are again linked to some or the other political parties and so they try to criticise others even if they talk good for the benifit of the society. People like us are forced to believe what’s shown in these channels.
I live in India and it’s such a menace here. The government, the corrupt politicians and the blind faith towards some religious good for nothing babas who mint money making their followers believe whatever they do. We have so many languages and we should be proud of it. But here the people are fighting over the languages and authorities decide who should talk which language. It’s sad people are losing their government jobs just because they have migrated or transferred to the city and don’t know the local language. This has happened in the city of Bangalore. Either they have to learn the local language or they are gonna lose their job.
Are Indians intolerant? Yes, the way things are happening in India, we definitely are intolerant. What can be done to sort these out? Are these things happening only in India? Things I mentioned here are mostly specific to India but all across the world some or the other vandalism is going on. I started with how I wish to change the world. No, it’s not happening. Humans have become animals and it’s time for the nature to wipe all of them out.
Let’s start a new beginning!
Tonight is the last night I am in Tokyo. Tomorrow morning I’ll be flying to Bangalore via Malaysia. I am gonna miss Tokyo. Tokyo is full of life with create culture and people are so good and polite. I can go on and on about Japan.
I am glad I got a chance to visit Kyoto, the old capital of Japan and Osaka and enjoy their traditional food.
Met lot of managers in Tokyo and Osaka office and overall the trip was very productive.
This is one place you gotta see when you’re in Yokohama. The Chinatown is so vibrant and colorful and Yokohama Chinatown is the largest one in Japan. A large number of Chinese stores and restaurants can be found in the narrow and colorful streets of Chinatown. Various events and festivals such as Chinese New Year around the beginning of February are also held at Chinatown.
Yokohama Chinatown quickly developed, after the port of Yokohama had been one of the first Japanese ports to be opened to foreign trade in 1859. It became the residence of the many Chinese traders who settled down in the city. Today, there are more businesses than actual residents living in the area.
Four colorful gates stand at the entrances to Chinatown, and five more gates can be found within. The Kanteibyo is a gaudily colored temple in the center of Chinatown. Constructed in 1873 by Chinese residents, it is dedicated to the Chinese god of good business and prosperity.
The main attraction of the Yokohama Chinatown, however, is the cuisine offered at its many restaurants and food stands. Popular favorites include steamed buns (manju), ramen noodles and a wide array of other Chinese dishes, many of which have been Japanized to a certain degree.
Today, I went to the Japan Data center. So secure and once you get in after all the security checks, you are inside a maze. They will give you a map and that’s the only way you can reach the main office where a lady will help you out showing around the data center. You open a door and there are multiple doors on the left, right, front and then you get through one, and you are in for another series of doors. She explained about the racks, cables etc and how they organize everything so neatly. The lady loves to talk in English so she can improve her English and she was going non-stop 🙂
Every time I come to Japan, I learn new things which is there in their culture for a reason. There are many shrines, temples etc, but they don’t believe in religion. They follow the “do / tō” which means the path. That’s what I understood. So, almost all schools in Japan has either Judo or Kento and it’s mandatory to join. In India Karate is well known and that’s basically a Japan martial arts. The real name is Karatedo, just like Judo and Kento. So, you see it all ends with “do” or “tō” which means you are strengthening your path not just physically, but mentally as well and you follow your “do / tō” and not some “religion”.
I bought some Osaka souvenir sweets for my wife and later around 19:20, I boarded the Shinkansen back to Tokyo. Reached Tokyo around 10:10pm and got back to apartment around 11:15pm.
I had Okonomiyaki today.
Okonomiyaki (literally means ‘grilled as you like it’) is a savoury version of Japanese pancake, made with flour, eggs, shredded cabbage, meat/ protein and topped with a variety of condiments. Better known as ‘Japanese pizza’ in the US, you can definitely prepare the filling and toppings however you like it. A wonderful way to use up your leftovers!
Among all the Osaka specialty, Takoyaki (たこ焼き) and Okonomiyaki (お好み焼き) are most well-known.
Okonomiyaki is sometimes called “Japanese Pancake” or “Japanese Pizza” by non-Japanese speakers, but personally I think it’s more like a dish between pancake and frittata.
It’s made with flour, eggs, tempura scraps (tenkasu), cabbage, pork belly slices and topped with a variety of condiments like okonomiyaki sauce, Japanese mayonnaise, dried seaweed, and dried bonito flakes.
If you don’t eat pork or prefer other protein choice, this dish is very adaptable. The possibility for the filling and topping choices are endless, which is why this dish in Japanese translates to “Grill As You Like” – Okonomi (as you like) Yaki (grill). I will cover this topic more later on in the post.
May be taste is ok for Indian taste buds, but I am not sure ‘coz I have been eating some Japanese food and might have gotten used to the Japanese tastes..
The Okonomiyaki I had today is of pork and another one made from fish eggs.
Too tired after the long walk yesterday. Today I have to be in office and prepare a bit for the presentation. So, woke up around 6 am thinking I have to reach office before 9am. Though yesterday Iwasaki-san has said it’s nearby, I need to figure out the location. Also, the checkout timing at the hotel was 11am. So, I need to checkout and find the office. Around 8am, I checked out of the hotel and asked the cute lady at the lobby about the office address.. In her broken English, somehow she managed to help me with a print out of a map. I went to the location and was confused with 3 buildings as they have similar names and everything else was in Japanese. Around 9am I figured out the exact building, but I don’t anyone in this building. I have to wait for Tateno-san, Iwasaki-san and Takechi-san to arrive. Thinking that they will be in office by 9am, I messaged Iwasaki-san to check on their timing to office. He said he and Tateno-san will reach only by 10:30am. Duh! what am I gonna do.. Around 9:25, I got a message from him saying that Takechi-san has reached office just then. So, messaged him and got in the office. Osaka office is on the 8th floor of the building.
Responded to few emails and then Iwasaki-san and Tateno-san reached the office. We had few discussions and then my presentation. Everything was good and we went to have an early lunch – Okonomiyaki (Osaka Special)
Met Duy Doan from another team and one of his Turkish friend and 2 girls with him from Istanbul. Had burgers and beer with them, then we both head to a night dance lounge – Diana at Yurakucho.
This dance club was unique, in the sense that it was underground (3 or 4 floors beneath the road level). Way too dark and then you see oldies dancing, well break dancing.. You won’t get to see 65+ aged men and ladies dancing like crazy anywhere in the world.. Having said that, it’s not just oldies, but youngsters too who hip-hops so well. Anyways, Duy-san and I had couple of girls dancing with us.. I tried, but it was ladies night and its free drinks for ladies. So, hard luck. Well, I had couple of beers and wine and enjoyed the night.
It was one hell of a night 🙂