They say Tokyo can quickly confuse and swamp a new visitor. Exotic language, gigantic ads all around, crowds, reckless cyclists, constant attempts to adapt to Japanese social behaviour can make anyone feel overwhelmed and tired. At least at first.
Well, I don’t think it is far from the truth.
Although there is another side to the coin, too! Organised transport making it breeze to reach any destination, eye soothing parks, patience and kindness of the locals and this vibe of peace echoing in more residential areas.
Today I had first full day in Tokyo and I am drained. Perhaps I am still jet lagged, which limits my capacity to handle the change. We heavily used the public transport, visited a supermarket (it was an experience), ordered some food and went to the Studio Ghibli Museum in Mitaka.
I can’t tell much about any means of transportation, but metro. Trains are punctual as hell, spacious (at least wider than UK’s underground trains), not as expensive as one could expect and… quiet. Not that the vehicle drives in silence, it’s passengers who literally don’t make a sound. It felt really awkward, but then I realised it’s about privacy and staying out of each others way.
Buying train tickets is super easy as ticket machines are in English, too 🙂
Studio Ghibli Museum
If this name tells you nothing, you will want to skip this part. I wasn’t aware how deep Ghibli’s work is in Japanese roots. I mean, kids, parents, couples, elders… they all were there. I think it’s fair enough to compare the fame to Disney’s influence on the European and American masses, or beyond that.
Unfortunately, you are not allowed to take pictures inside, so I can’t show you anything. However, trust me it’s worth it if you watched My Neighbour Totoro, Ponyo, Howl’s Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, Porco Rosso, Spirited Away or any of tens of others. Inside you will find funky interior, which will lead you from knees-height tunnels and twisted staircases, through drawing rooms and gardens to the store, where you will probably leave a fortune. Stay prepared 🙂
It all was a new and great experience. Hopefully I will be ready for more when I get some solid rest!