Tokyo is the largest conglomeration of human beings in the world. The population of the Tokyo metro area (36 million) is three times that of Burundi.
Instead of getting overwhelmed, Hannah and I (newly reunited after four months of separation) explored little corners of Tokyo, finding fun things to do, eat and see without the unrealistic expectation of trying to see it all, whatever that might mean. That still ended up being a lot. Tokyo for me was a cloud of wonderful experiences.
We toured Senso-ji Temple at night and it was beautiful.
We sat and had hand-poured coffee at a small cafe called Satei Hato.
(Pictured above: It's Chīzukēki!)
We ate the most delicious tonkatsu I have ever had in the history of Bryan eating Japanese food.
We toured a shop called Blue and White, where they sold things dyed indigo.
We woke up early and ate sushi at Sushi Bun in the Tsukiji fish market. This experience was so cool - we waited in line for 45 minutes before being ushered into a tiny room where eight people could fit around a bar and were treated to the freshest, tastiest cuts of fish one can find.
We learned how to properly do a tea ceremony, kind of.
We visited Akihabara, a district known for its video game culture and played games at Super Potato and were weirded out (and saddened) by skimpily dressed cosplay girls shivering on the street, inviting us into cafes. But the video games were fun.
We visited Ueno Park in the midst of the Cherry Blossom Festival as groups of drunken young people picnicked under the pink and white trees.
We had dinner at a sit-down (on the floor) restaurant, Kamagata Dojo, with Laurent and Coralie, two friends from Burundi.
And of once my family from California flew in, enjoyed a great reunion!