After returning from Nara we had just a couple of days in Tokyo during which the only outing was to the outlet of Mikimoto Pearls. One gets overwhelmed by the lavish scale of the display. Prices were probably lower than other outlets but even then they were much beyond what we could afford. I literally browsed through the store. In any case, it was a dazzling show of ornamented cultured pearls which I will remember for a long time.
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.