Tokyo city Japan!
Japan. I think most people have Japan in their list of top destinations to visit. But why do that many people want to visit this country considered to be one of the most expensive tourist destinations in the world? Well, just because there is just about anything for anybody’s taste and interest here. You can find the most diverse, the most weird, the most beautiful, the most fascinating things in Japan. It’s pretty much a place of extremes, depending how you look at it. Not sure if that makes sense hahah….. Anyway, for my Japanese trip, my buddy Greg joined me on my travels for about 2 weeks. It was nice to see a familiar face again after 3 months of only meeting new faces. But that doesn’t mean you stop meeting people along the way. We stayed in several hostels and eventhough we stayed in private rooms, you can’t help but have the occassional chat with the other travelers.Oh also, I might try a different type of format of my blogposts. I noticed I’m getting more behind on my blogposts, so I might try something different. Instead of posting a whole essay, I’ll post more pictures and give additional information and background story of that/those pictures. On to the “report”!
Just wow, anything you ever saw or heard about Tokyo is true, in fact it’s 10 times better, worse, more amazing, etc. The first couple of days we were just trying to grasp it all. All the little things in every day life, like the smaller roads, the smaller trucks, all the arcades and pachinko places, the serenity in traffic, the discipline of people. One thing is for sure though, eventhough you’re a foreigner visiting, it’s easy as cake to find your way through this crazy metropole. Even ordering food is a piece of cake with the pictures and plastic samples in the restaurant windows. Just point and order, it’s as simple as that!
This place is the place to be for cheap electronics and otakus all around. Otaku is a Japanese term used to refer to people with obsessive interests, particularly anime, manga or video games. I’ve always kinda wanted to come here to the mecca of anime and manga. It was pretty crazy to see the tons of little shops selling figurines, dvds and other anime related merchandise.Besides the many shops and gaming arcades, there were also tons of maids advertising for maid cafes. Before I came here, I did hear about maid cafes but I had no idea there were so many of them around. The suprising thing is actually many guys actually go to these maid cafes to spend some 1-on-1 time with one of these girls dressed in all different themes, going from maid to these neko cat girls to butlers and what not. We didn’t go to one though, since we don’t speak any Japanese and it is quite expensive for our standards.