The first leg of my trip is coming to a close, and as I look back on Tokyo, it’s an incredibly modern city with plenty to offer, however it’s tough to go at it alone as a solo traveler. This is one of the more expensive cities on the docket, and it doesn’t seem to attract much of the backpacking crowd I’ve been accustomed to. I threw on a ripped copy of Lost in Translation a few days ago and it made much more sense to me a second time, whilst in Tokyo. It also doesn’t hurt that I love Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson. I’m glad I got to see Tokyo, and can officially cross it off my list, but it doesn’t have that magnetism that will draw me back again in the near future.

Here are all of my impressions/thoughts that I’ve gathered in my week in Tokyo.

  1. They all really know how to dress, even the elderly. By far the best dressed city I’ve seen hands down (Sorry to Paris, Rome, and NYC).
  2. Bikes are everywhere, especially on the sidewalks.
  3. The elderly live fulfilling active lives. (For instance I saw what must’ve been a 90+ yr old woman playing croquet in the park today with a bunch of elderly men, and on my trip to Hakone, 75% of the people I saw must have been over the age of 70).
  4. They Loooove vending machines.  
  5. There are very few overweight people.
  6. The subway system is extremely efficient and very well planned, albeit quite expensive as well.
  7. It is an extremely clean city, yet there are no garbage cans anywhere. (The only public garbage cans I could see were small ones placed next to vending machines, but then again vending machines are everywhere, so go figure…)
  8. It is also an extremely safe city, there wasn’t a moment that I felt unsafe or uneasy. I think I may have seen 2-3 homeless people during this time, only one of which asked me for money.
  9. In the same vein, everyone is very respectful of one another and not pushy at all. They queue up for everything, even subway platforms have lines at the door entrances so that people can load cars in a uniform fashion during high volume periods.
  10. The food is amazing, and be had for relatively cheap for good quality.
  11. Many people in service related postions don’t speak english, or at least they are self conscious to a point where they don’t feel comfortable conversing in English on a limited basis.

Well that’s all for Tokyo, next stop. Ho-Chi-Minh! Looks like I can put the cold weather gear away for some time now.

Hopefully you understood the title of this post, I was trying to fit it in some way or another. It’s gotta make it into my top 10 SNL skits.


Chris Farley Japanese Game Show

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