Japan - My Experience

For the past 6 years Japan has been a top destination to visit on my bucket list for the reason being that in the year of 2013 The Weeknd released “Kiss Land” which was recorded in 2013 & also released a documentary called “Road to Release” & it captured the city of Tokyo. At that moment is when I saw a different world due to the custom that they live by, the streets were impeccable with how clean they were & how everyone followed the order & rules of their country. Now in 2019 I was blessed to take a that dream trip & see what it was for myself.

The moment my friends & I landed in Japan we were lost of course & asked 5 different people the same question when it came to needing help & everyone of them telling us the same answers made me realize the trust that we have for people back in the United States. So with that it took us at least 3 hours to get to our airbnb because we weren’t sure what exact pre-paid card to purchase to get on the train after asking the people at the information office 5x lol. 

Culture  At least almost everyday one individual stopped what they were doing to walk us to the correct train station to make sure we’d go to where we needed to be. That was one of the major things that stood out to me on this trip. The friendliness & help was on another level & it reminded me a lot of the customs we hold at my church. I noticed how people were very to themselves & before going I made sure to know some words in Japanese & the do’s & don’ts an example was that they don’t accept tip money at restaurants or any place where they offer services because it is disrespectful to them thinking that we think they need the money. When walking on stairs or on escalators those who aren’t in a rush stay on the left side so for those who are can have a clear path to go on the right side. Before getting on the trains people make a line to get on & while you’re on the train you cannot be talking over the phone because it isn’t convenient to others.

Food  As a tourist the top thing to do was to first & foremost eat ramen with pork & poached eggs (Ramen Street) has the top best 8 ramen noodles in the city. Shibuya is infamous for their intersection crosswalk which hs actually rumored to be the busiest intersection in the world & over there you can find a lot of shops & restaurant on every corner. My favorite part was the TeamLab Borderless light museum that a lot of celebrities go to that has multiple rooms with different lights & art. Tokyo Tower is the second-tallest structure in Japan. The structure is an Eiffel Tower-inspired lattice tower that is painted white and international orange to comply with air safety regulations. Around the 5th day of the trip we went to see the oldest Temple which was called Sensō-ji located in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan. It is Tokyo's oldest temple, and one of its most significant. Formerly associated with the Tendai sect of Buddhism, it became independent after World War II.  Anime For those who love the anime culture then you should know the passion that the Japanese have for anime. When I say EVERYTHING is anime I really mean it. From the decoration of the food & coffee & commercials they use anime characters. Akihabara is the heart of anime & you can find all kinds of action figures, dolls, game consoles, & even people dressed as the characters. It was insane to see even the elderly playing anime games on their phone or reading comics on the train. It’s definitely an experience to see for yourself. I’m truly grateful for the experience Tokyo has brought to me & how it changed me to become a nicer person in the world & to always be respectful with manners & not be the center of attention.

You can see my Instagram & highlights of stories of my trip (@g.valentino_) 

Thank you for reading & I hope my short description has you even more excited to visit Japan. God bless you

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