This past weekend, I took a fast and furious trip to Tokyo with my coworkers Ryan and Michael. I have been to Tokyo twice, but both times were just in passing—brief layovers between rides on the Shinkansen. In fact, up until last Friday, the longest amount of time I’d spent in the city was two hours. It happened back in August when was waiting to catch a train up to Aomori and didn’t want to sit on the platform. I just tooled around the shops under the station and even ventured into the Imperial Gardens. Two hours flew by quickly and I was left with only a teaser of what Tokyo had to offer. Ever since then, I have been plotting ways to get back to the city and—much to my joy—my plans finally came to fruition!
Ryan, Michael, and I took the night-bus from Nagoya on Thursday night and arrived in Shibuya around 5:30am; though, there had been some concern that we wouldn’t make it at all because of a big snowstorm that had rolled in. Despite the spooky weather, we made it into Tokyo and immediately hit the ground running. Over the next twelve hours, we saw Tsukiji Fish Market, Sensō-ji, Meiji-Jingu, Tokyo Skytree, Shibuya crossing, Harajuku, an owl café, and more. We even found some tasty Mexican food for lunch—a personal favorite, as any of my students can tell you! It snowed most of the time we were there, but I found the fluffy, white flakes only added to the magic of our wild visit.
We spent the night and all came home separately on Saturday by way of Shinkansen. I was sad to leave Tokyo behind, but I am happy to have had such a great experience. I hope to return soon!
(Michael, Ryan, and Me in Tokyo!)