A couple of days before we were to leave for Osaka we happened to go on a day-trip to Yokohama. Yokohama, according to common knowledge, has been one of the important ports of Japan ever since the country opened up to the Westerners in the 19th Century.
Derailment of the prestigious New Delhi- Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express near Chhapra in Bihar is virtually an alert for the Indian Railways and its newly appointed minister Sadanand Gowda. It is not yet certain what caused the accident that reportedly took four lives.
We landed not at Haneda, but at Narita airport. Narita was opened to traffic in 1978 after Haneda became overcrowded and facing problem relating to expansion. The flight from Shanghai took about an hour and a half. From the clock inside the terminal I noticed that Tokyo was an hour ahead of Shanghai.