Friday, September 16, 2005

My Jive with Japan

A new country creates the same excitement as a new, unopened book - full of unread sentences waiting to be explored, the fresh smell of excitement accompanied by a tingling curiosity.

As the plane loomed over Japan, the shiny aerial view of the houses looked as if my computer's motherboard was staring back at me. The coastline was replete with ships creating designs in the water, much like a jet plane that sears the sky.

During the flight, The Japan Times provided ample fodder for entertainment. I was intrigued on reading that stealing an idol tantamounts to six years of imprisonment while a murder to three!And I couldn't help chuckling at the Japanese cartoons with tiny noses that almost looked like misplaced freckles. I looked up from the paper to the air hostess and realised how near to life it was.

Tokyo, is the city of skyrocketing skyscrapers, massive suspension bridges, huge oblong cars and tiny, spiky haired people. An intelligent guess about the people is that they would know more about origami than about the english language. With all the signboards in japanese, including the flight details in an airport, the familiar M of a McD on a street in Tokyo induces as much happiness as a 'Lecture Cancelled' sign on a blackboard.

Colourful lanterns hanging from shops, chattering school girls, foriegners like me, japanese businessmen rushing to catch the last train home, gizmo shops, shops selling pudding and fish wrapped in leaves, glass enclosed public bus stops, animal shaped mile stones - these were the many things that passed by on my aimless walk around the streets of Tokyo.

My jive with japan was a very short one - but it was a dance to remember.

11 comments:

abhilasha said...

hey hems..its as though i also started travelling with u in ur description of japan..:)..looks like u are having the time of ur life exploring new countries..how i wish i was in ur place..it sounds so exciting..and ya btw i think for the first time i am the first person to comment on ur blog..:)
plz do make a trip to hyd and after u do so,write a blog describing this place:)waiting to see u da..

abhilasha said...

hey hems..its as though i also started travelling with u in ur description of japan..:)..looks like u are having the time of ur life exploring new countries..how i wish i was in ur place..it sounds so exciting..and ya btw i think for the first time i am the first person to comment on ur blog..:)
plz do make a trip to hyd and after u do so,write a blog describing this place:)waiting to see u da..

Hemamalini said...

@abhi..i do agree that i am really enjoying lookin at new places:) and im sure we will have the time of our lives in hyd too - remember ur promise to cook for me?;)..and u can translate everything with your newly gained Gult dictionary:D

kray said...

:)) Madam you skipped the best part of the trip: the walk in the land of dark sidewalks and chatterring crickets!!

Hemamalini said...

@Kray..True!!those geeky statues and crazy plane ideas were the best part!:)

Srini said...

Hemz,
Can u get me the Hatori Hanzo from Japan ?:)

Neelam Prabhu Gaonker said...

hey hems...was it a jive or more of a t(j)ap dance out there ??? nothin beats the feelin of havin aimless walks in unknown places rite ???? btw...one important question...what did ya eat in there ???? :p ;)

Hemamalini said...

@srini.. to be frank, i had to google search what that was;)..so next time ,if i land in japan, suredy!

@neelam...oh;)u could call it tango with tokyo:D..i managed to forage some spaghetti and fruits!and yes,the lesser known the place, the better...

Aishwarya Rao said...

hema, sorry but i havent followed ur life history much. What do u do? Are u a pilot or do u sail? What do u do?

Srini said...

Hema,
Am reminded of 'Akkarai cheemai azhaginile manam aada kandene"

Princess,
Hema is a pirate :) A Pirate with a blog. How cool is that !

Hemamalini said...

@princess..i am a seismic engineer on a ship..,so i guess i sail:)

@srini..:)).am not exactly near the Caribbean:P