So I took a short break from army (and in the process sacrificed a sizeable number of annual leaves) and flew to the land of the Rising Sun: Japan. It was June, and of course we totally missed the Sakura season. But there are always perks of visiting Japan around this season, and that is the lack of tourists.
We did spend a few days in this world’s most populated Metropolis, Tokyo.
Tokyo is the epitome of the Japanese way of life. The City is clean, efficient, and organized. Moving crowds can be chaotic, but they flow with order.
There is a sense of tranquility among the masses, a tinge of chaos among order.
Alighting at the imperial garden station, you will be greeted by the high-rise buildings and many other marvels of modern architecture. And then you walk into the Imperial Garden, it’s like travelling back in time.
Another popular spot for tourists is the Asakusa Temple. More popular for its local culinary goods than its religious services, the temples is replete with traditional toys, cakes and even ice creams (especially during summer).
At night my dad and I snuck out (without my mum noticing) for night sightseeing. We took a short train ride (proven wrong during the rush hour though) to Shinjuku and took a lift to the Shinjuku Government Metropolitan Building viewing gallery. Really fantastic view from above.
We came down around 9.30pm and was absolutely lost. Luckily I had portable Wifi and Google Maps (the wonders of Technology). We took a shortcut and walked through few deserted roads and I took this shot.
That’s all for part 1! Will compile and upload part 2 soon!