February of this year I returned to Japan for another training job assignment. Being its economic and cultural center as well as the most sought after tourist attraction, Tokyo was my first on the list to drop by for a revisit. However, it hasn’t been carried out easily as it was a really busy work kick off. It was only two weeks later, when we (me with two of my work friends) had the chance to do so.
Our first stop, Odaiba. This long-familiar manmade island in Tokyo Bay was home for this full scale Gundam. We swung by very timely before it’d be taken down and replaced by another notable figure. Recently, an upgraded version, illuminated Unicorn Gundam unveiled as successor. We also yearned to see this renowned rainbow bridge connecting Odaiba to central Tokyo. Aside from that, there are many other amazing sceneries (the Fuji TV tower, the Palette Town Ferris wheel etc.) and plenty other activities to do.
After the gratifying view of a cityscape, we carried on to our next destination. It felt surprisingly great seeing rushing people cutting through Shibuya crossing (arrogating to be the busiest pedestrian intersection in the world). We, later on, blend in the crowd passing over. Several times back and forth until our legs hurt to satisfaction. We then paid visit to statue of Hachiko, an Akita dog remembered for his remarkable loyalty to his owner.
Akihabara a.k.a. Tokyo’s Electric Town was the next place we walked around to. It’s like a promenade exhibiting different electronic shops. To elaborate, this is a shopping district for video games, anime, manga, and other computer-related goods.
Heedless of our weariness, we headed towards Asakusa Sensoji. It is the oldest, most colorful and most popular Buddhist temple in Tokyo. It is also entertaining due to series of souvenir items and food stores demonstrating rich Japanese culture situated prior to entrance of the temple.
It was surely a bona fide shattering yet gleeful day for us. Intensifying the depth of our perceptions of this city, we capped the night off with two of its tallest landmarks: the Tokyo Sky tree and the Tokyo Tower. Both are sights endearingly difficult to forget.
Upon learning the possibility of coming back next year, I marvel at the thought of how I’d like to spend another day in Japan’s capital and largest city, Tokyo. With splendid culture, tradition and innovation too, I bet it offers a lot more than what I’ve already encountered.