Tokyo: July 6th-July 11th

Third time, yet charming every time.

I’ve always enjoyed Tokyo. I’m not sure what it is about a modern, hyper-connected city that draws me in — well, it’s probably exactly that. Either way, Tokyo’s always been in my Top 3 list of destinations, and only Sapporo has really come close to matching that so far. With that in mind, it wasn’t surprising when I feel in love with Tokyo again, even on my third time in the city.

There’s a lot to cram into this post, so I’m afraid I’ll have to emphasise some events over others.

To start off with, our first day in Tokyo can be described as ‘a literal hell,’ and for good reason. This was our train schedule. Most of our first day in Tokyo wasn’t in Tokyo at all.

However, even after that, it was a great day! On our second day, we started off with a general ‘tourist’ day, with a visit to Tokyo Skytree among various other places. It was the event which I attended that night alone, however, that captivated me most.

I’m not very photogenic, I know.

I was given the opportunity to travel two prefectures across to visit a friend and attend a small Tanabata dinner gathering at my friend’s house. Although it wasn't ‘traditional’ by any measure of the word, it certainly gave me a valuable insight into what a typical gathering besides Japanese people could be like.

That being said, I was the only male in attendance, so it could very-well be different.

On the Wednesday, we visited the Ghibli Museum and on Thursday I went birthday shopping for my sister. Unfortunately, my phone failed during our stay in Tokyo, and as such I don’t have many photos from when we were in Tokyo because they couldn’t be backed up.

That being said, it’s safe to say that I’ve fallen in love for a third time! Third time as indeed the charm. However, once again, it is interesting that religion takes a back seat in such a high density city, and that modernity and efficiency overtake its place.

Written by Jack Fetter for 1024LAL on July 11th, 2015.

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