So i recently arrived back from a short, sharp trip to Tokyo, Japan. I went with my course and had a bloody good time.
I didn't really know what to expect when I arrived but what i did experience i loved. It is a city that offers so much of everything...for example you don't just have a standard stationary shop in Tokyo, you get a 9 floor mass of all things paper related! My friends and i were so impressed in there that we spent almost 2 hours inside the store!
Some areas within Tokyo i felt were not too far from the same vibe you get in New York; really wide roads and pavements with high rise buildings. But then there are the parks with the temples in which remind you that you are actually in Asia. The temples are beautiful and like nothing i had seen before.
I loved the food that we ate out there, didn't really go for sushi, which isn't as big out there as you would imagine. The noodles and chicken dishes went down very well with the odd tub of haagen dazs meeting our sugar cravings!
The people of Tokyo are very polite, as i had been told, except on the tubes during rush hour when you are physically shoved onto the train whether you like it or not and women are told to go onto the women only carriages to prevent wandering hands invading your personal space!!
I saw some crazy buildings as well as stumbling across a small student run art gallery which was cool as got to see some of the local talent and something that didn't feel as corporal and business like as the rest of the country. We also went into a private showing of the new Dior collection in the Dior store on Omotesando standing in the doorway and peeking in, but felt that we may outstay our welcome and quietly left.
Overall Tokyo is a place i will definitely return to, but maybe in a few years when i have some more cash to spend out there since it is so expensive! Topshop in Tokyo was similar to shopping in Paul Smith over here, since, (part due to the exchange rate) canvas pumps which sell at about £15-£20 over here were almost £80 out there! It is an exciting city with lots going on, and where karaoke is a must! I would recommend it to pretty much anyone. It is a long way to go with not many 'tourist' sights to see but the traditional areas are beautiful and the city centre is alive with a whole different culture which is completely different to any culture i have experienced before.
I went for 6 days but only really had 5 days in Japan, which wasn't a lot but crammed enough in to make me want to go back! Back to reality now and to the drawing board with my final project for my degree! Onwards and upwards...