Feeling the funk in Tokyo - final thoughts on our taste of Japan
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March 1st, 2008 – by: finchley
While in Tokyo we've been to a few different areas - none of them looking a whole lot different but being very different in vibe. First place is where we've been staying - Ginza, this place was one of the first areas to get modernised and despite that still manages to feel really cutting edge with all sorts of dept stores and immaculately dressed Tokyo-ites. Perhaps a bit of an older more business-focused group of locals.
Last up was Roppongi, we really only went for food even though it was a clubs and bars district, both of us fighting off sickness bugs along with preparing for the 19hours of travel back home meant we weren't really up for a big night out but again, a different vibe - not quite as funky as Shiboya, not as classy as Ginza but looked like a good laugh.
As Lou mentioned in her blog another lasting memory of Tokyo will be the technology - electric toilets with heated seats, 'push' signs on doors - not because you need to open them like at home but because it triggers a sensor for them to slide away from you, taxi cabs with every kind of sat nav device imaginable and auto-opening doors and of course, neon and huge vid screens on every building.
Then there's just all the other wonderful stuff both in Tokyo and Kyoto that's so different to home
- people walking round with face masks on even though pollution is probably less noticeable than anywhere else we've been
- the sheer lack of english signage - everything requires just that little bit more effort, but that said, is really not that hard if you take your time and are patient
- but when there is english translations sometimes they're just so funny!
- how incredibly respectful everyone is and how safe you feel - everyone goes out there way to look after you - such a great culture
- the food is sooo different to anywhere we've been before.
- people dress SO well! sorry, it's been such a stand-out obvious point of the last few days it needs to be mentioned again - they are immaculate
- the distinct lack of any real foreigners, of course you see us all either getting lost or over on business, but we're not pervasive by any stretch
- the privacy people require - housing areas and bars and restaurants are often very hard to see into with big walled courtyards or closed up doors and windows
...could go on for hours and not everything is great either - there's definitely a very different 'appreciation' of women out here that is a bit unsettling to be honest when you see fairly bland magazines and comics on super market shelves or billboard adverts but on the whole the trip has been a delight and we can't wait to come back one day and check out more of what this amazing country has to offer.
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