…is one of the coolest places in the world, I say. I didn’t realize how much I’d become infatuated with it in just four short days. A few observations –
- Frenzied, brightly lit crossings sidled right up next to alleyways of tiny, cozy neighborhood bars
- Styles ranging from 1970s Beatles to the popular Asian black and white everything to Harajuku to professional pop to boho to everything else imaginable
- Some of the best vehicles for espresso I’ve enjoyed in months
- The most delightful of subway station musical themes (think Wes Anderson’s use of classical symphony X Mario)
I felt like I was watching a city evolving right before my eyes. Yet at the same time the friendliness of the people and the calm of the less touristy spots felt very at peace. It’s certainly a city I need more of in my life. See you in 2020, Tokyo.
A different side of Shinjuku in the morning
Tsukiji Fish Market
Meiji Jingu Shrine was a wooded paradise nestled right inside the city’s urban sprawl.
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building – best free view in town
Shinjuku – the busy side
Tokyo Museum of Western Art