Tokyo is awesome. I mean really awesome! It’s been a dream of mine for years to come and see what the place that fed me half of my childhood looks like. Godzilla, Dragonball, Astro Boy, Speed Racer, Mario, Ryu, Chun Li, and so much more!
This is Olvier Atom, from Captain Tsubasa, aka Flash Kicker in the USA and Supercampeones in Mexico! The show is 29 years old and this is the first thing I saw when I got on the subway!
But for all these crazy cartoons and videogames, I don’t really know too much about Japan, it’s culture, and the mecca city they call Tokyo. So here are 5 things I’ve learned on my first day out and about on the streets of this great place!
1.- Tokyo is huge. Most people already know it’s a big city. We constantly hear that it has the largest amount of people in the world, and we see pictures of the famous cross walk all the time. But after a 3 hour ride on a subway from the airport to ALMOST downtown, I finally understood how big this city really is. Hint: BIG
2.- Tokyo is CLEAN. You will not see a piece of garbage on the street anywhere. No gum on the ground, no cigarette butts, not even a candy wrapper. The weird thing is that there aren’t many garbage bins around! It took us half an hour to find one! But it’s definitely a cultural effort to keep it clean. Everyone contributes, and it’s amazing!
3.- Japanese people are fantastic! We had people coming over to see if we needed help whenever we looked lost. We had people walk us to where we needed to go because they said they had the time. People struck up conversations with us at restaurants and were always excited when we told them we were Canadian lol. People from Japan are very polite, very respectful, and most of all, very friendly ^_^
4.- Japanese Subways are PUNCTUAL. I mean to the minute punctual. As in the lady at the booth told us the subway would arrive at 6:43 and would take exactly an hour to get to our next destination, and that’s exactly what happened. For a mecca city like Tokyo, and with the craziest subway maps we’ve ever seen, it’s completely amazing how they manage to run things like clockwork. I live in Ottawa, and we EXPECT the buses to be at least 5 minutes late or early. After seeing this, I fear I’ll be even angrier when I’m waiting in the rain for a 12 minute late bus lol
5.- Nothing can prepare you for the lights. Walking at night in Tokyo is everything I thought it would be and sooo much more! The smells, the lights, the amount of people all looking to have a good time. The endless casinos, the Arcades, the movie theaters, and of course the karaoke bars. They’re all there, they’re all shiny and I can’t get enough of it!
I have 11 days in Tokyo to take it all in. Day 1 was a blast. But I have a feeling tomorrow is going to be even better. It’s starting at the Ghibli Museum, so it’s already beginning with a big loud bang! If anyone has ideas or tips on where to go and what to see, let me know!
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