January 9, 2013
Guess where I have always wanted to go?
Have only been here a couple of days and it is quickly taking the lead for my favourite big city.
It's so civilized! Clean, polite, whimsical, stylish, orderly, cute babies, beautiful ladies everywhere. Has great food, everywhere. Clean bathrooms, everywhere (and those fancy toilet seats). Shopping... everywhere.
The transit is obviously amazing. We have the Suica Card, and used it to take the Narita Express into Shinjuku station - The busiest railway station in the world. Crazy, right?
Now, although you can obviously get everywhere on different modes of transit, I still find the MTR (HK transit system) easier to navigate. The system here requires some familiarization for a non-local, even for transit buffs like Don and myself. It's still very good, but we have to do a lot of double-checking.
HK system is super easy. Just a glance, and you're gone.
Now, in Tokyo I have seen so many ladies on bikes, and mamas on bikes, than anywhere else I have been. It's fantastic. I haven't been shooting while walking, but they're everywhere. Ladies that are dressed up in their everyday clothes that are what I would wear as semi-formal, young and old, pedaling away.
Hot mamas abound, with their kids in front, behind, and with groceries. It even appears to be normal to ride your bike while wearing your sleeping baby in a carrier. What freedom! No helmets. Everyone (cars, pedestrians, cyclists) just seem to know what they're doing. At no point have I seen anybody freak out at one another. There is an overwhelming degree of faith everybody has with these cycling mamas - and rightfully so. All that mamas I have seen appear to know exactly what they're doing, and are clearly experienced and comfortable with their bike and their route. Easy.
Like I said, it's so civilized. And I'm talking about in the middle of downtown too. Did you know that Tokyo (including greater Tokyo) is home to about 35 million people? That's about the same population as all of Canada. What?!
Good food too. Even conveyer belt sushi. It's taaaasty...
We went to Numazukou. It's a little out of the way of the main traffic down in Shinjuku Station, and it made us so happy.
It's super fun to watch the chefs, and pick whatever you want.
So far, Tokyo is not only living up to my expectations (which were high).
Have you guys been? Do you love it as much as I do?