Ever since I was little and started getting into anime, it was always my lifelong ambition to go to Japan. In July 2015, I made that dream into a reality and I think it was one of the best trips of my life and the country's capital has left an everlasting impact on me. Tokyo was one of those places that I knew I would love before even stepping one foot in the city and now that I've been to Tokyo, I think I can say that it's one of my favourite cities in the world. There's a lot of things I remember and most of it feels like a neon blur, but there are some very vivid memories of Tokyo and many fun stories I've been able to share.
I've always loved a lot of Japanese entertainment and Japanese cuisine. So I've always wanted to go and experience the Japanese culture in its true form. Sometimes it exceeded my expectations, but there were some things no matter how much research I put in, I would not have predicted.
My experience with public transport in Tokyo and in Japan, in general, has been very positive. Before going to Japan I researched etiquettes in the train and one thing that stood out for me was that it was very rude to be calling somebody when they are on the train.
The unique rules and customs and their importance strengthen Japan's reputation as one of the most polite societies you can ever come across. All the transport is convenient and is always on time.
Being on the bullet train was a strange experience and being in the tubes during rush hour and feeling like a pack of sardines in that train. That was so intense the pendant of my necklace broke up; luckily I was able to get it back though. I've had both good and bad experiences with the public transport, but the majority of the experience has been positive.
Every company, whether it's retail, travel, or real estate has an adorable mascot splattered all over their advertisements. The most famous of all these mascots would be Pokemon's Pikachu and Sanrio's Hello Kitty.
But in Tokyo, I met many more mascots in my journey, including the bear of Line messaging. And this cute little yellow bird on the pink bus. Sadly, I can't remember his name, but at least he is cute.
I remember going to this one store with this blue cat and it was a massive superstore with so many floors. It had almost everything you could think of, including items that are hard to find in the UK or things that are expensive in conventions, but cheap at the store. Even though I've forgotten the names, I can still see the mascots in my mind.
The Robot Resturant is one place I will always associate the Shinjuku District with. Shinjuku is already popular with its funky and unique fashion style, but the robots, burlesque, and dancing at the robot restaurant simply took my breath away.
Sometimes amazing. Sometimes scary. I couldn't help but join in with the swinging laserbeams. Expect the unexpected, but I had never seen anything like this in all my life.
This is one place that you come for the entertainment and experience and not just for the food. If one wants to imagine what a cabaret in the 15th century will look like, I think this place will come pretty close.
When I went to Japan, I did a lot of shopping. And when I say a lot. Boy, I do mean a lot. I always found something that I wanted and I still have a lot of them at my house today. There were two kinds of shops that I wanted to go to and those were the official Sanrio stores and the Pokemon Centre stores. And I found both of these in Sunshine City. And they did not disappoint me. I got some really cool gifts for my friends and family, but mainly spoilt myself. I spent so much money that had taken me about two years to save up for the trip of a lifetime, but it was a great shopping experience. I loved how I was able to spot Hello Kitty merchandise in almost every gift shop, even if it was a little trinket. Good thing I bought a big bag in Japan!
Tokyo is a wonderful city with great attractions, shopping areas, lovely hotels, and great food and drink. It's got everything to be both a great city and be unique in its own special way. There will never be another city like Tokyo. But one thing that makes Tokyo so great is its people. The majority take pride in their manners and always aim to work hard and do their best.
The people of Tokyo have made a great impact on the city. They've made it a modern city that hasn't lost touch with its ancient routes. It's admirable.
I'll never forget the two old ladies who stopped me to ask where the toilets were cause they thought I was a local.