It was one of those cities where, on my first day, I thought to myself: “I’m going to quit my job and move here.”
Although I’ve traveled near and far, ‘far’ never reached East Asia. For years, I’d wanted to visit those major metropolises: Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Shanghai. Lucky for me, I found a two-week period in November that I could finally go, a time at which I would also receive paid time off from my work. I chose to go to Japan: Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka.
When people ask me what my favorite part was, my answer is always the same. My favorite part wasn’t a single event or specific location, it was walking around Tokyo. I liked to put my iTunes on shuffle and just walk. I circled around the neon lights and streetwear shops in Shibuya, the sexy times neighborhood of Kabukicho, had a classic Harajuku shopping experience on Takeshita Dori, and stumbled upon expensive thrift shops in Jingumae. If it weren’t so impolite, I would’ve been constantly staring in shock, with my mouth wide open and my jaw unhinged. I could not get enough.
My airtight itinerary was filled with visits to third-wave coffee shops (my favorite being Kaffee Mameya and Little Nap Coffee Stand) art museums and exhibits, ramen restaurants (holla to Ichiran Ramen) ten-story arcades, and pancake restaurants. I got the feeling that Tokyo is one of those cities where you can live for ten years and still stumble upon something new everyday.
I could go on and on about my time in Tokyo and, believe me, there will be more and more articles coming about over the next few weeks about my time there. But now, I just want to show you guys a few of my favorite photos from Tokyo 🙂
Tokyo is one of the most fascinating cities that I’ve ever been to and I know that I’ll return many times in my life. In fact, I purposely left out some major parts of my itinerary (like visiting Asakusa and Akihabara) so that next time I’m in the city, I’ll still have things to do. I also want to explore other parts of Japan next time I’m there, including Hokkaido, Nara, Nagasaki, Kanagawa, Kusatsu Onsen, and the Mt. Takao Monkey Park.
Japan, I miss you…but I’ll see you soon.