Tokyo: Taking in the City

Temple University Japan

This first week here in Japan has been a rush—it’s a blur of fast and often crowded trains, fresh faces, clean streets and completely fascinating new sights. Taking everything in and making sense of it all has proven to be a challenge; I always have a camera handy, a notepad ready to be scribbled in and flipped and squashed deep in my bag, and I am constantly waiting to see the next thing that will make me smile or gasp or grin.

Tokyo is something very remarkable, and the way its inhabitants move about you when you walk outside on a busy street or sway around you on a speeding train in the early morning makes you wonder how they perceive themselves. The Japanese seem to live life like an ongoing dance, a constant skillful swoop of motion. Every person I’ve met here so far has given me a new…

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