Tokyo Presenting Smarter Mobility, while Toyota is ready to Steal the Show!

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Rewarded with a smile by exceeding your expectations – says the signature statement of Toyota’s Global Vision. This clearly declares that Toyota’s sole ambition is to deliver better customer satisfaction by exploiting the creative potentials of technological advancement. It endeavours to inspire smart Transport Systems (ITS) that needs combined methodologies for vehicles, traffic environment and people.

Humane Approach is in Demand

The world around us is changing rapidly. Revolving perspective of developed societies, increasing populations, urbanization of developing countries and various energy sources provoke more innovations in technological sectors. Automobiles these days are merely commuting devices but are important to people in search of progressive lifestyle. So, expectations regarding new ideas in automobile industry are raising; people want car, want blended innovations combining technology with sensibility. Creating better cars, therefore, has always been their prime intention as an automaker. To reach the goal the company keeps experimenting with various mobile vehicle technologies with a purpose to offer a safer, comfier, and more ecological mobility to the customers.

Toyota in Smart Mobility Show, 2013

Since inception, Toyota has always struggled to discover the safest and the most responsible methods of transportation, and enrich the lives of the people all over the world. Their honest efforts to meet those increasing expectations and stay ahead have been appreciated by the customers time and again.

According to a recent announcement, Toyota Motor Corp. will be having a stall in the “Smart Mobility City 2013” section; it is the 43rd year of Tokyo Motor Show that has been making a big buzz in the automobile industry over the years. Their intention is to show how vehicles in everyday lives can play bigger roles and how users and the society will benefit from it. Toyota aims to present a glance of future, where transportation blends societal and lifestyle interests.

The Company Gears Up with its Latest Editions:

To carry on with their mission of introducing more environmental vehicles to the society Toyota is planning to present five fresh concepts at the Tokyo Motor Show this year. The list of debutant vehicles also includes FCV, Fuel Cell Vehicle their latest concept of transport. Comprising a number of exciting offers for the car riders, Toyota’s booth in Smart Mobility show is already under wide speculation. And the options on display are:

• Toyota i-Road, a personal mobility vehicle offering a unique riding experience. According to the company it will be making its debut in the Ha:mo urban traffic system.

• Toyota in Motor Show this year will be unveiling “T•COM”, a two-seater developed by the company.

• The “Winglet” is one more attraction of the event to focus on. It is a robot offering ultra-compact personal conveyance assistance to the riders.

The development in information and communication technology has been commendable. The creators’ effort to introduce more comfortable, environmental and hi-tech products are helping human race to move faster than ever. Thanks to the companies like Toyota, who are working hard toward the success of this mission; including vehicles with some superbly advanced technologies like Big Data Traffic Information Service, Voice Recognition Agent, and Smart G-Book,the event will showcase some amazing results of their genuine effort. Some other important exhibits will cover technologies like IPA – Intelligent Parking Assist and ICS – Intelligent Clearance Sonar.

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How to Cook Popular Ayu Fish with Rice Dish?


Japan is one of the most frequented locations by the foreign tourists. Foreign visitors have abundance of choice to visit picturesque locations in the country. Japanese lifestyle is major centre of attraction for the tourists. People visiting Japan get to see some unique and interesting aspects of Japanese culture and traditions.

Another striking thing about Japan is their foods. Japan is indeed a food loving nation and people there enjoy a wide variety of culinary dishes. The health conscious Japanese people are known for their particular food habits.

The food habits of Japanese people change with the season. If they like to gorge upon hot and spicy seafood dishes during the winter, fermented foods are preferred in the rainy season. In the beautiful spring season, they like to include exclusive home grown vegetables and fruits in their diet whereas summer is all about healthy and nutritious light foods and lots of fruits and vegetable intake.


Its summer in Japan and local fish market is full of different varieties of fishes. The eels and Ayu make popular Japanese food in summer. In the summer months, baked eels are eaten, as they are considered nutritious and full of vitamins to get you through the hot summer season. Ayu is loved by Japanese people for its distinctive smell like watermelon or cucumber. This variety of fish has got flesh tastes rather being sweet. The Ayu is commonly cooked on the grill but you can also get to taste Ayu cooked with rice at the country ryokans.


To prepare Ayu with rice, you need at first to de-scale it with the help of back side of knife. Then, squeeze it 1 inch above the tail and take out the excrement. Usually people eat while with guts but it depends on you how you want to eat the fish. Now, after washing the fish, dry it well and sprinkle salt on each side of the fish. You need to wash one cup of rice and soak it in a flavoured soup for almost 20 minutes after drying well. Other ingredients that you will need are 2 tablespoons of sake, 1 cup of water, 1 tablespoon of mirin and soy sauce, dreid kelp and two teaspoons of ginger juice and one teaspoon of salt.


Now, add the fish on the top of rice and put it on boil for a few minutes. Cook the rice at minimum heat and use sake instead of water. When rice is cooked, switch off the heat and let it rest for 5 minutes.


Now, you need to detach bones and heads from the fish and then, mix it with rice after breaking it into small pieces. You can replace the Ayu with white-fleshed fish like sea bream or others.

There are many other exclusive summer foods in Japan. Do not forget to enjoy the delicacy on your visit to Japan.

Japanese Food You Must Try

Recently, I was having a talk with my friends about how important food is in every country.

Food plays a very important role in any culture. One of the most important things it does is that it brings people together. Families sit down to eat together at least once a day, children share their food with classmates at lunch, office workers get together after work to eat and socialise in the evenings. Food is also an essential part of any celebration. Whether it is a birthday, an anniversary, or just friends getting together after a long time, food is essential.

And it is no different in Japan here. Here food brings people together too. In fact many come to visit Japan to taste its authentic cuisine. Even vegetarians. It is not all just about sushi, you know. So here’s a list of Japanese food that you can enjoy with friends and family.


This is the staple cereal of Japan. Short and sticky you will find this as an accompaniment to many styles of food from the fancy sushi and nigiri, to a simple meal of rice with vegetables. Hakumai is the preferred choice for rice as it is polished white rice that is thought to be very tasty. If you want to cook together with friends and family, rice is a simple thing to start with.

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After rice, it is definitely noodles that are the most popular. Whether you have the soba noodles that are made from buckwheat flour, or udon noodles made from wheat. These are usually eaten on their own with simple sauces or some vegetables and meat as toppings. The soba noodles can also be eaten cold and because of this are great for serving at large dinners or parties.

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This is similar to a barbeque stick or a kebab. Skewered on a bamboo stick, little pieces of vegetables, chicken and chicken liver are prepared over coals instead of an electric or gas oven. This is a wonderful dish for friends to share.

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If you and your friends like to eat meat, this is a dish that you all will enjoy at a restaurant as it involves the eater in the preparation as well. You will be given chopsticks, a pot of boiling water, dipping sauce and very thinly sliced strips of beef. To eat you will have to pick up a beef slice with your chopsticks, swirl it in the boiling water and then dip it in the dipping sauce.

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So enjoy these dishes mentioned above and don’t forget to let me know how you liked them.

Onsen Ryokan: A Great Stress-Buster for the Weekend Revellers

On the weekdays, hectic and chaotic lifestyle gives people a little chance to relax and explore themselves. Work pressure and other responsibilities take a toll on them. Most people want to spend some time in solitude or with family and friends but find it hard to do so.

When weekend comes, they find a reason to be happy and do of their mind. Relaxing and spending some quality time with loved ones becomes their priority. Almost every part of world functions in the same way.

Japan and Japanese people are not exception to it. On the weekends, they organise parties and go for relaxation and other therapies to reduce stress that has piled up during the week.

Going for weekend spa breaks is quite popular in UK but it is also well-accepted by their counterparts in the East Asian country. Tokyo is by no means less busy than London. Similar to the Londoners, people living in Tokyo go to spas and other place to relax themselves.

Onsen Ryokan in Japan

There are many places in the vicinity of Tokyo where you can go for weekend spa break in Japan, but Kinugawa in Tochigi prefecture houses some of the best ryokan facilities.

This place is famous for Onsen Ryokan and Wakatake no shou is one of the most frequented ryokans by the tourists and local people. This is situated next to the Kinugawa River. Similar to the name, bamboo tress in the garden of Wakatake no shou elaborate its beauty.

You can book an annex where all the rooms are attached with private onsen bathing facility. From the onsen baths at annex, you will have a wonderful view of Kinugawa River and vegetative mountains.

There are shared onsen baths as well at this ryokan. Besides the main bath, there are two separate outside baths for women and one for men. If you do not want to share the public bath, by paying extra money you can use the private onsen baths.

Before using onsen baths, you should be abreast of a few rules. You must take a shower before entering the bath and use of face towels is not considered an ideal choice inside the onsen bath.



There is a sauna next only to outside baths. Other facilities at the ryokan include aroma therapy treatments and lymphatic massages. The latter one is provided with a slimming effect only for women and prior to taking dinner.

Dinner is booked as soon as you check in to stay at the ryokan. Mainly, you will be provided seasonal dishes and there is a monthly change in menu.

After staying there for whole weekend, you will fall in love with the ryokan and plan to visit it more often.

A Common Japanese Food Trend to Keep You Fit During Summer

The spring has given way for the summer season to alter and modify one’s lifestyle. The scorching heat of summer is harsh and unkind that requires people to completely change their way of living. Summer in Japan can take a toll on your health, if you do not consumer proper foods.

It’s that time of the year, when people in Japan start wearing short sleeved or non sleeve tops. Summer season also gives you an opportunity to shed certain post-winter weight and fat from your body.

The Kouso diet is common to have in Japan during the summer season. Kouso is a general term for enzyme that can help you reduce fat and maintain the fitness level of your body. The food enzyme that you take from the Kouso diet helps to increase the metabolism of body and burns a great amount of calories.


This diet has certain rules that you need to follow strictly, they are

  • Prefer to have fresh vegetables and fruits each day
  • Kouso juice should be taken as breakfast
  • Your every day diet should include 40 percent cooked and 60 percent non-cooked dishes
  • While eating out, add salad or pickles to the main dish
  • Start your meal by having vegetable dish at first, meat or fish dish comes next and carbohydrates should be consumed at the last
  • Take dinner before 8 PM
  • Try not to include white rice, plain flour and refined sugar in your meal

Kouso juice is a frequent Japanese food and prepared with mixed vegetables and fruits. The vegetables and fruits are diluted with water or coconut juice and green leaves, such as spinach, are common ingredients. This can be prepared in a juicer or a low-speed compression squeezed juicer.

You can choose to start with spinach, papaya, lemon and cucumber. Papaya contains a significant amount Kouso and cucumber helps to improve skin conditions.

Kouso juice is available in different flavours. There are plenty of juice bars where you can go for choicest flavour. While travelling in a train or tube, you can find lots of flavours from the food stalls at stations. The food falls in departmental stores also make you available with different flavoured juices.


You can combine your daily diet with exercise regime and see if any difference is noticed in a few months. This will help you reenergise for the day and you can spend the entire day with a positive frame of mind.

If you start eating out Kouso diet, it’s for sure that you will feel a huge difference in your body shape as well as mind set-up within just a few months.

Everything in Japan Seem to be Making Statements!

While on a tour to Japan, you may witness some never-seen-before lifestyle and way of living. Japan, contrary to orthodox thoughts, is not only a technology giant but a mixture of traditions and modernisation. On each and every walk of life, you will get a hint of ancient culture and refined state of mind thriving almost simultaneously.

Since ages, Japanese people are known for leading a disciplined and healthy lifestyle. If you define a healthy lifestyle by food habits, exercise regime or society, Japan is rich by all the means.

Healthy and Disciplined Lifestyle

It’s because of healthier lifestyle that Japanese people stay free from obesity and other lifestyle diseases. By looking at their well toned bodies, you will mistake it as a result of strict exercise regime but the truth lies in the way they carry out themselves.

Wherever you go in Japan, people will greet you with open heart. A common way to greet people is by bowing head and Japanese are quite enthusiastic in welcoming their welcoming their guests.

Delicious dishes in Japan

When it comes about lifestyle in Japan, you cannot afford to miss out on few points. Japanese cuisine is one vital factor contributing a lot into lifestyle of its people. The whole world is aware of the virtues and qualities Japanese dishes protrude.


In fact, a large number of tourists throng Japan in the search of never-had-before yummy delights. Whether you have a fixation for sea foods or plain rice dishes, you will have plenty of choices on the platter in Japanese restaurants.

Quirky Fashion Trends in Japan

The unique fashion sense of Japanese people is praised on the global fashion platform. Global fashion fraternity keep a keen interest in knowing the fashion trends in Japan.

Japanese people prefer to shop around streets. You will be amazed to find out vast range of collection available on the street garment stores.

Come winter and you can see cute and beautiful men and women adorned in colourful dresses while summer will have an entirely different trend.

It’s quite common to see people carrying colourful umbrellas in the rainy season. In fact, umbrellas are considered a part of rainy days’ fashion trend in Japan. Most umbrellas will have handles made up of fine quality wooden materials.


Japanese take pride in their culture and tradition. They celebrate each and every festival and special occasion jovially. As most Japanese people follow Buddhism, so they prefer to visit Buddhist temples on weekends and holidays.

Last but not the least; if you are going on a sojourn to Japan, knowing about Japanese lifestyle will only make the trip easier and exceptional to you. You can go through everything that might make a difference in your dream vacation.