Perang Pandan Desa Adat Tenganan (Bali Aga)




Perang Pandan at the village of Tenganan in Karangasem, East Bali, is an age-old tradition unique only to this well-preserved Balinese village in East Bali. Also referred to locally as 'mekare-kare' and 'megeret pandan', Perang Pandan is a mass coming-of-age ritual, dedicated to the Hindu god of war and the sky, Indra, which sees friendly duels between all male villagers, who bout each other armed with a small rattan shield in one hand and a tied packet of thorny 'pandan' leaves in the other. The event is held annually, adhering to its own local calendar. This 2017, Perang Pandan is held on July 11 in the villages of Tenganan Pegringsingan and Tenganan Dauh Tukad.

Kotoku-in & Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, Kamakura (Kanagawa Perfecture, JP)

Walking from Hase-dera towards Kōtoku-in,  a Buddhist temple, renowned for its "Great Buddha" (Daibutsu), a monumental outdoor bronze statue of Amida Buddha, one of the most famous icons of Japan. 
And from there we walked to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu

Hase-dera (Kanagawa Perfecture, JP)


We were taking the train outside of Tokyo and went for an hour ride towards Kamakura in Kanagawa Prefecture. Kanagawa is a prefecture located in southern Kantō region of Japan.
For anyone who is interested in my post here, Kantō region is a geographical area of Honshu, the largest island of Japan. The region includes the Greater Tokyo Area and encompasses seven prefectures: Gunma, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Saitama, Tokyo, Chiba, and Kanagawa. Within its boundaries, slightly more than 45 percent of the land area is the Kantō Plain. The rest consists of the hills and mountains that form the land borders. In official census by the Japan Statistics Bureau, the population amounting to approximately one third of the total population of Japan.

Kanagawa is part of the Greater Tokyo Area. Kanagawa Prefecture is home to Kamakura and Hakone, two highly popular side trip destinations from Tokyo.

Yayoi Kusama: My Eternal Soul (NACT Tokyo JP)


I am obviously a sucker for art! Yayoi is one of my fave, among others... Visiting the National Art Center Tokyo for Yayoi exhibition is definitely one of the highlight from my Tokyo trip,

The "My Eternal Soul" series, begun in 2009, is an ongoing project currently comprising over 500 paintings. In the early stages of production, Kusama used several sizes of canvas, measuring 162×130.3cm, or 162×162cm. Later, the size standardized to a quasi-square canvas measuring 194×194cm. The series is marked by astonishing variety, incorporating abstract patterns as well as natural forms. It represents the essence of Kusama’s art, and is an embodiment of all the elements of her corpus of work.

Mutekiya Ramen (Tokyo JP)

This is not an advert, this is because Mutekiya is worth the visit...
http://www.mutekiya.com/world/english.html
I must say, best ramen thus far...

Sensoji Temple & Asakusa Nakamise (Tokyo JP)

Sensō-ji temple is an ancient Buddhist temple located in Asakusa, Tokyo. It is Tokyo's oldest temple, and one of its most significant. Adjacent to the temple is a Shinto shrine, the Asakusa Shrine.  The Sensoji Kannon temple is dedicated to Guanyin, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy, and is the most widely visited spiritual site in the world (over 30 million visitors annually).