Why I Fell in Love
With Tokyo, Japan
Last weekend I visited Tokyo, Japan.
I immediately fell in love with the city,
it’s people, and their culture.
Why I Always Wanted To Visit
Last weekend I visited Tokyo, Japan and I immediately fell in love with the city, it’s people and their culture. There is no other place in the world, I would have wanted to visit. For those five days, it was like I was living a dream. It’s a place that inspired my childhood. I didn’t grow up to Superman, and Batman like my father. Saturday mornings I would wake up and watch the latest Pokemon episode. 4 o’clock I would come back from elementary school and watch Dragonball Z, and then play Playstation.
Just walking around the city for those five days seeing neighborhoods where my favorite cartoon characters got their names from like Ryōgoku, Naruto, and Sakura. It brought me back to those earlier days when the world was still new to me. Days so long ago that it’s hard to remember.
I felt comfortable going across the city. For most of the days, I traveled alone. Each day I would wake up and have a rough idea of what I wanted to do. I didn’t want to plan too much because I wanted to go “wherever the wind took me”. As a result, I got lost a few times, but it ended up being a good thing. I saw parts of Tokyo that you wouldn’t find in a tourist brochure.
Never Act Like A Tourist When Traveling
I walked through residential neighborhoods and saw everyday people doing everyday things. Eventually, when I got back on track, I saw things like Statue of Liberty, world famous neighborhoods, the Tokyo skyline, and so much more.
By the end of the day, I would rest in the hostel’s common area, and talk to people all across the world. They might not have realized it, but their stories inspired me. I met a brother and sister pair, 18 and 19 years old traveling the world fresh out of high school. One guy said he worked for about 4 months, saved a couple thousand dollars, and backpacked across Europe. Another guy traveled all across Japan, and he makes coffee for a living.
The Only Thing That’s Stopping Us Is Ourselves.
These people were living life by their terms, not society’s. They weren’t rich or well off. Anybody can travel the world. The only thing that’s stopping us is ourselves. I went to Tokyo for 5 days with 250 US dollars in my pocket and 100 of it went to the hostel.
These trips I been taking this past semester studying abroad only makes me want to work even harder for this life I was so briefly introduced to. In about a month, I’ll be back in my hometown Cleveland, Ohio. But I know my days of traveling won’t end here. As a freelance web designer, photographer, and digital marketer, I’m already starting to meet people and research ways I can do business internationally. I do not I want to stay in one place forever because there is so much of the world to see.