Tokyo is not all sparkling and new, though. Some of it is sparkling and old, as well. Throughout my short time in the city, I also saw plenty of examples of historic temples and respected traditions that felt at times as if they were straight out of Edo.
Landing in Tokyo, part of me expected some mash-up of BladeRunner and Fast and the Furious with tricked-out Hondas flashing though hyper-neon streets in some absurd chase with police. Part of Tokyo does indeed play to that image, with crowded shopping streets in Harajuku and electronics markets in Akihabara delivering more neon signs than I … Continue reading
Stoic Japan Traveling in Japan was fun, but far different from “third world” Asia in so many ways. Tokyo was cool, but I didn’t love the place, and it was super expensive. The countryside near Sendai, where Matt lives, was cool but I really only spent like 36 hours there so it was a very … Continue reading