Tokyo, Japan

I finally got around to writing about my trip to Tokyo! Warning: major photo dump ahead…

Long time, no see! My intention for being gone only a week turned into almost a month of no posts. Oops. But now I’m back for an update! I tried to keep this post from being a complete photo dump, I saved over 200+ photos from my Tokyo trip… it was tough getting down to just 30 photos! Still, I feel like even photos can’t convey how amazing Tokyo truly is; I definitely didn’t know what to expect when I signed up to go at the beginning of the summer. Tokyo never listed high on my list of places I wanna travel (I still have never even been to Paris or Italy), but now I feel like it should be on everyone’s bucket-list!

Obviously I can’t share all the details from my trip otherwise we’d be here for days, haha. It’s hard to even convey a summary, but I’ll try. Tokyo is HUGE, even bigger than NYC! It’s nothing but tall buildings, no suburbs at all; yet, in between the giant neon signs and hustle of the city, there are places of peace & quiet found in the most beautiful public parks & gardens (plenty of them, too!). There are millions of people living in Tokyo (~13 million actually), and every local we came across was SO nice to us. The Japanese are very happy, respectful, and docile people who are so courteous and willing to help others (we definitely needed it more than once). Plus, their fashion sense was on point – I saw so much inspiration in every part of the city we explored! Everyone, not just women, loves to dress nice and show off their personal style which I really appreciated. What I envied the most though was the Tokyo transportation system: we were able to get anywhere by train which was  very affordable, easy to navigate, and constantly running (that way it wasn’t a big deal if you missed your train because another would be there in 5 minutes). I swear, America could learn a thing or two from Tokyo. I hope I’ll have the opportunity to go back someday!

Random observations I wrote in my phone throughout the trip:

  • Couples love to match each other’s outfits
  • French berets and culottes are very popular among girls
  • Socks worn with heels are common
  • The people can fall asleep anywhere and anytime
  • Almost every sign has an English subtitle (i.e. we are so spoiled)
  • Everyone is short (I saw maybe 2 or 3 tall people)
  • Vending machines are everywhere & they are awesome
  • Tales of vending machines selling “weird” or “gross” items are false
  • Streets are very clean, yet there are no freakin’ public trashcans anywhere
  • Everything is pretty cheap and affordable
  • Cocktails or specialty drinks aren’t common – mainly beer or sake
  • Bikes left unlocked in the streets – no one worries about stuff getting stolen
  • Poodles are the most popular dog (then chihuahuas)
  • Women wear heels everywhere – even in the rain or at parks
  • Everyone smokes (cigarettes are cheap & you can smoke inside most places)
  • Their history depicts Pearl Harbor way different than our version
  • The people associate “Texas” with “George Bush” – mainly know about NYC and California
  • They don’t serve specialty sushi rolls, only nigiri type sushi