Tokyo tower at night...cool view from up there, but it seems like every major city has one of these types of things these days!
Tokyo is a very cool city and very different than ANY other huge international city Iâ€™ve been to. The first thing I noticed was how quiet it was. Even the subway was quiet even when packed wall to wall! In fact, even traffic was quiet! I donâ€™t think I heard anyone honk a horn once and there wasnâ€™t a loud car heard anywhere. Additionally, I found everyone extremely polite, even when I accidentally broke the rules!
Funny story actuallyâ€¦Iâ€™m not a smoker, but sometimes for novelty I will. I figured being in Tokyo I should try one of these interesting vending machines and try a cigarette. So I light up on the sidewalk and look around.
Suddenly this smiling, four and a half foot tall old man appears. I smile back. He points at my cigarette, then to the ground. I look down and see that I am practically standing on a painted symbol indicating no smoking. I raise my eyebrows at him in realization and he points kindly to the other side of the street. Turns out you can smoke on one side of the street and not the other. I only had about four or five puffs of the cigarette before putting it out on the proper side of the street, but I thought both the non-verbal communication (I donâ€™t speak a lick of Japanese) and the politeness was interesting.
Some samurai dude and his faithful dog
Anyway, as I mention in my summary, I am planning to go back to Tokyo in 2010! I canâ€™t wait to explore some more and I HAVE to see a Sumo match!!!
PS - What other city in the world can you randomly wander down some tiny, quiet, out of the way alley and find a bunch of vending machines! LOL!