Friday, 28 September 2007

Thank you, my Hiroo...

Hiroo. Hiroo. Whenever that name is announced in the train, I feel safe. That means only one thing: Delicious food, fun with friends, and a perfect night praying for god.

In Hiroo, there is an Iranian restaurant that provides free food for Muslims. The chefs in the restaurant are actually Syrians and Lebanese, so basically the food is Arabic. Very delicious food actually and reminds me with food in Jordan. We eat an open buffet, soup, rice, chicken, meat, salads, sweats and other stuff. Its a perfect meal, especially for the Halal food crisis we used to face in Japan. The restaurant in Iftar time is full of arabs. Arabs everywhere from everywhere.

But wait! Before that, we pray in Hiroo mosque. A Saudian mosque actually. So we go there, eat dates and drink water, then pray Maghrib. The mosque is actually in the middle between the station and the restaurant, so its perfect.

After eating, enjoying the food, and enjoying the fact that we enjoyed the food, we head back to the mosque in Hiroo again. Now there, our night starts. A perfect prayer with the perfect Emam sent to Japan by the Saudi government. He has the best reading that I ever heard - live - and that makes the night soooo perfect really. He takes his time in the prayer but you never feel how long it takes. Sometimes I just wish he keeps on and on all night. It takes us about 1.5 hours to pray Esha and Taraweeh.

Today, I enjoyed the view of the Japanese style Hiroo park. Its marvelous! Ill let you enjoy it with the accompanied pictures.

Really, Hiroo, Ramadan with you is RAMADAN. Hiro, "Ramadan ma3na a7la". Thank you, my Hiroo..

Saturday, 22 September 2007

Its TOKYO.. Its the GAME.. Its the SHOW!!

TOKYO GAME SHOW! A dream that has been haunting me since years. TGS, the famous video gaming show, that has most video gaming companies over the world gather to show its latest products and games to the public.

The show was in Makuhari Messe, around 1:30 hours outside Tokyo. Eventhough I have been there since almost 10am, the queue line was huge. I estimate the number of 40,000 audience at least. Going in, it was an amazing atmosphere. Gaming companies spread here and there, everywhere, to advertise their latest technologies.

I had so much fun. Playing demos of games are yet to be released, watching trailers for games and enjoying Japanese role playing shows. There were many gaming characters going around the exhibition to attract audience. People were taking photos everywhere. It took me around 2 hours to go through the exhibition, before I discover that this is only hall #1, there is another BIGGER hall just across the street! Another three hours were needed to go around the whole exciting show.

Two things I did not like in this show. One, It wont be a mistake calling this show a Tokyo Girl Show. There were more girls than games actually! There were many games, so you can guess the number of girls yourselves! Every company had a number of girls to stand infront of its booth to advertise for the company. And people gathered around those girls to take photos. There was a queue on taking photos of the girls! I totally wished if there was some gaming machines instead of these girls.

Second, no photos were allowed! Yes, as you have seen above, I took many photos. But not for the games themselves. You are allowed to take photos of the exhibition, the people, the booths, but not the games which is very important. I really felt disappointed.

Overall, this was a very nice and needed trip. I liked it very much. Again, Japan proves to be the dream land, where all my dreams are becoming true. Suddenly I am out of dreams! I already visited TGS, I already saw a soccer match for a famous European team, and I already visited Akihabara! What shall I dream next?! :)

Monday, 17 September 2007

Celebrations in Shibuya..

I was walking around shibuya to discover this festival by chance. It was really nice and I enjoyed it very much. This is a traditional Japanese festival. I would really appreciate more information about it from all Japan lovers out there.

They were dancing, shouting, laughing and running all over shibuya. I have never seen shibuya this crowded, eventhough usually you cannot find a place for you to stand in.

Sunday, 9 September 2007

Tokyo is crowded. How crowded?

Amman crowded? Amman in the summer crowded? or Raghdan crowded?

The pics might give you some answers:

So its Iam-lucky-to-have-a-space-to-stand-in crowded!!

Saturday, 8 September 2007



Now I will be back to blogging again. Thanx for your patience everybody :)