Here they are:
Instead of doing a long, long, LONG blog, I’ve decided to caption my photos. (You can see the captions, if you click on the photos. Otherwise, it’ll just do a slideshow.) I will give you my thoughts and general views on Tokyo soon. Until then, I hope you like the photos.
UPDATE: These were some of my random thoughts as I sat at the desk, staring out the window in Tokyo.
As I sit here on the thirty-sixth floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel the sun is setting over Tokyo. The bullet train has just rushed by and the city that never sleeps is catching its breath, preparing for its second wind.
Tokyo had never been high on my list of places to visit. But now that I’ve seen her and experienced her people, I can’t imagine what took me so long to get here.
From dimpled waiters with cute smiles to the apple faces of the elderly, whose strength lies hidden beneath the fabrics of the past.
This city surprises you. At first, the speed at which she moves leaves you dizzy and trying to catch your breath. Then slowly she begins to show you her true face. It’s in the passing bicyclist, the palace guard, or the stylish teenager, doing their best to stand out amongst the gray skyline.
Neon paints this Blade Runner world with sloshes of red, blue and pink, but it does not color its people. Like Monets fevered dashes, they stand out on the canvas, striking in their clarity and deeply textured.
What I’ve learned from this vacation more than anything is that people are the same no matter how far away from home you wander. Children laugh and chase each other. The elderly share stories and chuckles. And everyone else is simply trying to get by.
Thank you, Tokyo for showing me another world. A sometimes better world. And thanks also to the Japanese people, who made my visit so pleasant. Domo arigato gozai mashita.