Japan: being mesmerised;
Now a few months have passed since my trip to Japan. I already put an album with pictures on my website, but I haven’t really got around to write a story about my experience. There’s so much to tell about this incredible country and I want to stay true to Japanese minimalism, by describing the country with few but hopefully well-chosen words.
Japan like a clearly double-faceted society between ancient and modern. On one side you will find an ancient culture with very rigorous codes in society, both in education and work, but also in the way just Japanese people address each other. Just make a study of the “bow” how people greet each other, it’s absolutely astonishing! especially to someone like me, brought up in Swedish society. Then you have a look on the other side and you find a modern society and culture with everything from Manga, gaming, karaoke, minimalist design and very innovative technology. Is this a country of perfect harmony between the respect of ancient customs and extraordinary workmanship by a people in search of constant innovation and development?
Tokyo or ancient Edo, a hectic and buzzing megacity, with about 8 million people passing through only Shinjuku station every day! the whole population of Tokyo is about 13,5 million. Old and new, traditional and modern, it seems like it works from the view of an outsider.
Tokyo seems like a very easy city to live in, transport works perfectly, it’s even easy to get around as a non-Japanese, people are friendly and helpful, even though you meet people not speaking very good English, but it really doesn’t seem to be a problem. People are extremely respectful of their environment, the Japanese don’t litter for example, they take good care of their society. The Japanese are
lucky, no skilled and they don’t accept anything less than the best, that’s why they make the best food in the world, sorry the Thais, the Italians and the French, I love your cooking skills too, but if I had to choose, could I ever live without Japanese food?
Tsukiji fish market, are being relocated after 80 years, eating there was like going to heaven and unfortunately having to come back… Once you have been there, fish will never be the same…
You might think that a big city like Tokyo is polluted, but actually very little, almost no cars in the street you will never see a traffic jam like in Bangkok, people travel by train mostly because it’s very efficient. There are absolutely fantastic gardens in Tokyo, people appreciate nature in their city, so you’re never far from the greenery…
They have beautiful Temples and Shrines. We visited the Meiji Shrine on a beautiful spring day, at the end of the cherry blossom period. Witnessed a traditional wedding ceremony, astounding!. I also had the pleasure to visit the Nezu museum with a fantastic Asian art collection and even the garden was heavenly, very close to the spectacular glass building of Prada by Herzog & de Meuron in Aoyama neighbourhood. After lovely days in Tokyo, we took the Shinkansen (bullet train)to Kyoto….