Now, the reason I say the “World” of Tokyo. Is because Tokyo shouldn’t even be classified as its own city. It should be its own country, because it is its own world. I can’t say enough good things about how much I love Tokyo. It didn’t matter where we ate or where we went, the food was always amazing and there were endless possibilities of things to do. Remind me, why do I live in the United States?!
There were so many times on the trip where I would stop notice something that was just absolutely BRILLIANT and then it would really resonate with me. Often times I’d shake my head in amazement and say to myself “no wonder why I do that.”
Back story for those of you that don’t know me. I’m Japanese American. Half Japanese. I’m fourth generation so I’m very Americanized. Not only do I not speak the language fluently but the majority of my family doesn’t either. (Think World War II internment camps and how the Japanese American’s loyalties were tested. This means forcefully Americanized and encouraged to “wash away” their culture and language. Which in turn means very few of us, if any, by fourth generation actually know fluent Japanese through our parents or grandparents. The way we learn is just like everyone else…through classes.)
Now jumping back to what I was saying originally, I learned so much about myself from visiting Tokyo. There were inventions for things that I would LOVE to have here in America. Little nuances that just clicked with me and I realized “no wonder why I am the way I am.” Do you ever grow up thinking, “why the hell do I do this? None of my friends do it, I must be weird.” Yup, thank you Tokyo. You just answered so many of my questions or concerns about myself.
On day three we visited The Japanese Sword Museum. It was very difficult to find. We got off the train station and wandered to a residential neighborhood. In that neighborhood was the museum.
For our next stop we decided we would go to the Tokyo Sky Tree. This place is so amazing! There’s a six story mall/market. Think mall meets tourist shops, meets farmers market, meets restaurants, meets tourist tower destination. That would be this place. We easily spent a half day here.
To be continued with day four. I was going to include day four in this post, but we did so much that day that it deserves it’s own. 🙂
Thanks for reading! Have any of you been to Tokyo? What are your favorite places?