Just on my first walk in Tokyo I started to understand what everyone used to say about Japanese people. I wanted to find my hostel but my directions were incomplete. As I had the address and the name I decided to ask a local girl if she knows how I could get there. She immediately took her mobile and checked it online but as she was not sure we went to the police office that was just across the street. The girl and the policeman talked (in Japanese), looked at a few maps that he had, and reached a conclusion and finally she turned to me and gave a few instructions in her English (not perfect, but good enough). I start walking but the instructions could be understood in different ways and as I didn't want to be lost with around 20kg on my back, I stopped again and asked for directions. It was when they were trying to find where the hostel was that I see the first girl had came out of her way and followed me. She said: "I was worried about you. I'm going with you until the front of the Hostel" and she did! This was my first contact with Japan and it was how I began to respect it immediately.
But it did not end there. On the most populated city of the World (the whole metropolitan area has more than 35million people) it was easy to find amazing things.
Just near where I was staying there was one of the most well known temples in Tokyo, Senso-ji Buddhist temple. It was recently renovated and it shows, it's amazing, specially at night! During the day it is possible to see people going there to say their prayers.
|Senso-ji temple in Asakusa in its beautiful illumination|
|The pagoda near Senso-ji temple|
|The temple by day, it's still great but I prefer the night version|
|And when it's bad luck, it's really BAD luck|
|And here it is blowing in the wind with the others...|
|A wall of people at the other side ready to "charge"|
|People, going from one place to the other... all the time... everywhere|
|Shibuya crossing seen from above... it's even more impressive|
|Every store is lit!|
|A restaurant with people eating outside. A common view on the most traditional neighborhoods|
|Most restaurants have a display of their dishes outside But these are made of plastic! There's a whole industry behind these models.|
|Every neighborhood has its specific characteristics. This is a shop in Akihabara (the Electronic town). Of course, it sold electronic stuff like most of the shops here.|
|Akihabara is also known as the place for the nerds... And there are many girls like these that try to capture the attention of these nerds and invite them to bars were are more girls dressed like this. A bit weird I have to say.|
|And on the parks you can easily find street performers that are VERY good at what they do. This was in Ueno Park.|
|On the entrance of each home there is a hall where you should leave your shoes. This, of course, happens in all of Japan|