I arrived in Tokyo four days ago, after a long grueling flight. ~15hr to Hong Kong, 2hr layover, ~3.5hrs to Tokyo Narita airport. To say the least, I was exhausted, and ready to eat real non airplane food, and sleepy. So sleepy.
To bring you up to speed: heres whats happened so far:
Slept in a very tiny bunk-bed apartment near Tokyo Opera City. Explored Shinjuku, Kabukicho on the first day.
Thats when everything got real Japanese real fast. Lights, noise, sensory overload. BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM! I explored the fabled Golden Gai pub area, and surrounding Kabukicho shops and stalls. Being a very dense area, and in the mix of all the excitement I found my self overwhelmed and confused.
The second day, we returned to the area and focused around the Cocoon Tower:
The third day : headed to what is currently my favorite district in all of Japan. Taking the train to Harajuku station and walking quickly out of that chaotic teeny bop kawaii tourist trap and north in the Shibuya prefecture. To define what I saw amongst the masses of small alleys, very current fashions (not extremes, but polished/complete looks), and nice cars. Was an area that looked like it was designed to fit my personal taste. As if the entire neighborhood summed up: Brett this is what you’re all about. Beautiful small space homes looking fresh out of Dwell. Poured concrete structures, blending harmoniously with steel and glass. Everything so clean, minimal, and functional.
I got lost, I wandered, and I loved everything I encountered. “You have to leave your home, to find your home” With in the streets of Shibuya, and on Omotesandō I found just that.
I will have new images from that area in the next update.
As for today it was off to the train, onto Atami to hopefully catch a glimpse of MT Fuji, and gain access to Kengo Kuma’s famous Water / Glass house.
Tonight we rest, enjoy 65* weather, and Onsen. Glorious Glorious Onsen.