Land of the rising sun. It was almost 4 in the morning when i noticed sunrise already up. I stood near the freezing window and looked around the streets where people started to get busy. Amazed by the early sunrise they have, i enjoyed observing the Japanese lifestyle especially the old folks walking on the streets in fast paces. The weather was so great, i can still remember how i feel when cool breeze touched my cheeks from the day i arrived Narita. Totally awesome! During my 2-week stay in Japan, i lived in 3 different places: Yokosuka, Saitama & Narita. If you think these places are quite near Tokyo, you're definitely wrong.
If you can take a look into the map, you'll see that it's enclosing Tokyo in a triangular shape. The distance of each places is really far. If given the chance to stay in Tokyo or Shinagawa, i would definitely still stay at those places mentioned because less populated area has more something to explore and discover rich cultures in a traditional Japanese way. Thanks to their numerous train lines (such as JR, Tobo/Tojo, Yamanote) i visited those popular places around Tokyo. Generally, Japan is really full of surprises, especially in Tokyo area. If you're a techy person, Akihabara is the place for you. You will see all types of electronics, gadgets, hi tech devices you won't believe it exist, name it everything is on this place. Fashionable? Weird looks? Hippie outfit? then Shibuya and Shinjuku are places you must not miss.
Wasabi on top
I even remembered my friend told me that Gwen Stefani, lead singer of No Doubt and a fashionable icon on TV, visited Shibuya all the time to buy her clothes. That's cool. These are just some places to remember and better make sure you know how to speak simple Japanese phrases like "Sumimasen"(means Excuse me/pardon me), "Konnichiwa"(means Hello) and " Arigato Gozaimashita" (means thank you very much). These were the most abused phrases i used and helped me a lot! And the best part? Food, food, food! I start loving Japanese food when my friend, Moeko, introduced me the not-so-everyday meal of my life. When i stayed at her house in Saitama, she poured some weird looking spices on top of my rice. I tried tasting it and thought, it's not that bad! I instantly adopted the taste of "Ajinori" and "Furikake" (it is a seasoned seaweed and sesame mix which is used to top or garnish cooked rice, pasta, salads, vegetables and soups), can't get enough of it anymore.
people at Shibuya
How can i forget Miso soup, curry toppings, ramen, sushi, wasabi, hot tea every after meals and so much more, they simply completed my memorable food trips in Japan. Lastly, you better save more money before going to Japan. Everything is so expensive. Money? The value of true happiness is based on priceless memories that money can't buy, so what are you waiting for. Visit Japan. It's the place to be!