Memories have overwhelmed me and it is hard enough to write about the last day we spent in Tokyo, and that’s because, trying to make a selection of pictures that illustrate this post, I reviewed the beautiful places where our feet traveled us. It was a badly tiring day, but it was worth all our efforts to walk a lot.
Top of the important sites list is the famous Harajuku neighborhood, an impressive area where the more eccentric young people from Tokyo meet and where they showcase their latest wardrobe purchases and the latest “local fashion world.”
As soon as we stepped into area, we saw that we were in another world, surrounded by young people, as if just landed from Pluto, noisy, colorful, funny. Keeping trying to snake between them, we realized that in fact we were the ones who had invaded their very beautiful world. But they didn’t feel disturbed; on the contrary, they caught our attention disguised in various characters in movies, cartoons, or music.
I really enjoyed the people I saw there, totally relaxed, nonconformist and natural to the world they live in.
Although we had planned not to spend too much time in this area, because there were many places where we wanted to get, we ate, relaxed on the benches, went into gaming …. Shortly, absorbed in the mirage of the place we contemplated the place more than we would have supposed to. I found this place delicious. 🙂
On the way I met an orange character I liked. 🙂
With eyes wide open on all shop windows, with the legs almost detached from the rest of the body, some rain drops that appeared or disappeared, we did not even notice that it god dark and we still had two sightseeing’s to check. One of them I desired with all my heart: the Shibuya District, with the most crowded intersection in the world, while my husband desired the other one: Tokyo Skytree.
I knew we had arrived in the Shibuya area after the exquisite shops, the fabulous restaurants and the very cheerful and colorful all over advertisements. This neighborhood has totally overwhelmed me. I pictured myself small and powerless amongst thousands of people, cars, bustle, tourists, not to say that time was compressing, and I could still admire the wonder stores just from the outside and even so passing by fast.
Then we reached the famous intersection, the busiest in the world, where there are five pedestrian crossings arranged in all possible directions – including diagonally, the traffic lights change their color at the same time and a huge crowd of people cross over everywhere. Images like these I had seen only in movies. It’s overwhelming. I was in a parallel universe, whom the world I came from had nothing to do with.
Pretty close to us is the 200 exits underground station … how does that sound?!?! It could be an unbeatable goal, but what sense it makes for me when I barely come out of a mess of 10-12 exits, and then guided especially by my husband’s sense of direction?
We started with the last resources to Tokyo Skytree, a communications tower in Asakusa, Tokyo, which is 634 m high and offers a fabulous view of the city. It is the second highest building in the world after Burj Khalifa in Dubai. I climbed up a silent and futuristic elevator up to 350 m where there was a coffee shop and a glass floor. Now the adventure started for me. There were many courageous people who walked on that floor where you could see the cars driving below 350 m, but it wasn’t easy for me to do that.
It took 15 minutes to make courage to take the first step, and that only after seeing how serene a child near me did that.
Here I am, victorious:
That’s how we ended the last evening in Tokyo, and the city seen from 350 m is the image that reminds me every time I think about Japan.
The next day, we took the train to Osaka with our luggage, because the flight back home departed from Tokyo and I saw the proud Fuji Mountain on the train windows. This time there were fewer clouds and they were focused on the crater. It was superb. The sacred mountain has rewarded us because we visited its country and because we enjoyed it.
I want to come back to Japan because I love this country that has warmly welcomed me and showed me a world I didn’t know it existed. I still think I just dreamed everything … but I have tangible things that prove me that I was there. I still want to go there (I know my husband reads the blog from time to time and I promise him that next time it won’t take me two hours to get out of the 200 exits underground station).
I didn’t want to make a technical report and write here about prices and organizational details because I wanted to put in words what I felt when I saw the places, but if there are questions about issues that I haven’t addressed, I’ll answer kindly them. I would also like to tell me if you have visited Japan or if you intend to do so.
See you soon…