Another Chapter of Latitude 34 starts here in Japan.
I land in Tokyo – which technically is not on Latitude 34 but the flight comes here.
It is an anagram of Kyoto – the first city on 34 I will visit.
In fact half of Kyoto is 34, the other half is 35.
Tokyo is HOT. and I mean it in the many meanings of the term.
It is truely an amazing city where I wish I had spent more than 3 jet lagged nights.
I didn’t expect such heat.I try for this journey to not research where I am going.
I had booked a Ryokan, a traditional style hotel in a very traditional area – Asaksa to throw me right in the Japanese feel.
I loved it! It was a great start – direct immersion.
My first impression of course was a awe to the big structures and suspended roads – the contrast between the neon, the kawai, the loud childish music and pop colours – and the brown and green half tones shades, the minimal, the subtle of the traditional, and of course the temples!
I also like the contrast of the extremely busy and extremely quiet – early morning or late evening was deserted in that neighborhood – and I experienced that thanks to jet lag – during the day it was like a sardine can! ( unfortunately my flash card has got corrupted and the busy pictures are there ….until I retrieve them)