Beginning a project is super messy.
We fill whiteboards and create piles of notes and drawings and stacks of 3x5 cards. So many ideas! Before we start building things, I like to reduce these ideas into a manifesto. It’s a one-two page document that says what we will do, what we *won’t* do, and…
Truth is, after 3 weeks in Japan, I was sold. Strike that. I was actually sold in the first few hours in Tokyo, right after my mind cleared a bit of the fog it was submerged into during the intercontinental flight. The scenarios revealing in front of me were so different from everything I previously knew and so unbelievable, that I gave in and only days into our trip, I already knew Japan was the most amazing country I’ve ever been too and probably I’ll ever go to. Its culture is so uniquely beautiful, the customs so incredible and the people so civilized, that it almost makes my eyes water.During our trip to Japan we used a JR Pass, and this gave us great mobility and flexibility when it came to exploring different parts of the country. It also made the formalities more swift, as we avoided the cues in front of the ticket offices. But what we both liked best about this travel style was that all in all, we didn’t need much planning ahead and we could allow spontaneity to take over from time to time. So we ended up exploring quite a few places in Kanto, Chubu and Kinki regions in central Japan. Here are only the ones we consider a definite must see.Tokyo grew on me in unexpected ways, to the point that I know refer to it as my favorite city in the whole world. Of course, this is highly subjective, but as I think anyone who visited this mad city would agree, Tokyo is a different world altogether. You’ll probably either love it or hate it, but there’s little space in between for this place to leave you cold. What makes Tokyo so special in my eyes is simple: the people. Don’t expect neither futuristic, nor beautiful architecture. But with over 13 million people walking it’s streets every day, the capital of Japan definitely has a soul and multiple personalities. Best places to see my point proven right are a stop at Shibuya and a stroll through Yoyogi Park on a Sunday.
Must. Visit. Tokyo. Soon!