What an exciting time. Tokyo would have to be up there in my favourite places of the world. I’ve been to Japan four times, but this time, travelling with a 2 year old that can finally appreciate and start to understand some of the excitement going on around him, it has been amazing!
The thing I love most about Japan is how authentic it is, they don’t sell out to the tourist drive that so many countries do. English is very limited and there is fun to be found in fumbling through conversations in broken English, the few Japanese words I know and then resorting to gestures and hand signals. The Japanese are effortlessly cool, a vibrant city that is happening 24 hours a day, where you can easily get lost in the crowd and spend days on end people watching.
One of the highlights of our visit to Tokyo has been a trip to the Sumo wrestling. So many passionate Japanese people of all ages cheering hard for the men as they wrestle, slap and push each other out of the ring. While we didn't understand a lot of what was going on, it was impossible to not get swept up in the excitement and pick a wrestler to cheer for in each match.
Our Tokyo stint has come to an end, but the adventure continues in the snowfields at Nozawa Onsen, so stay tuned!