"Tokyo" Tokyo by bgndnguy

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The people

The people in Japan were very friendly. They were always ready to help you if you needed assistance and spoke enough english so it wasn't too difficult. You might say "arigato" to them and they would say "thank you" back. One of the things that was neat about them was when you dealt with someone, for example checking into your hotel, they all bowed to you before and after. When we caught the bus to the hotel, the baggage handlers slowly bowed to us as we pulled away. Some of the women wore their traditional clothes. I've attached a picture of this. But overall the people were friendly and helpful.

some of the culture

We went to a place called the Asakusa district of Tokyo. It is obviously a tourist destination with all the little souviner and foos shops and people asking if you want to take a tour, etc. On the street just in front are young guys who are prepared to take you on a rickshaw ride. It was kinda expensive though. For something like $20, not sure about the exchange rate since it was in yen, they would take you for a short ride. I regret not doing it now though. I woulda wore them out!! So once you get there you have to pass thru a large pagoda style(?) gate with a large red lantern. it is very impressive to see. Then you walk down a long row of little stores and food shops. Lots of "hello kitty" and porcelin "waving cats" here. you can also get Japanese robes and swords here too. They definately cater to the tourist. At the end of the row you reach the temple and the pagoda. I forget the names of these buildings, but it is a religious site as people are coming and praying. It was a little taste of the Japanese culture.

Imperial palace

The Imperial palace is very impressive.. from the outside. Unfortunately we came on a Friday afternoon and it was closed. The guard told us it is closed on Fridays. So we missed out. We got to walk around a little on the outside and take a few pics.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The city was very clean and the people were friendly.
  • Cons:The subway system is a little confusing and the overall prices were high.
  • In a nutshell:A small taste of the past mixed with the present and future
  • Last visit to Tokyo: Sep 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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