Japan is not a popular destination for many South Africans, mainly because it is expensive to get there. Tokyo itself is also quite pricey, but if you really like Japan, then it is definitely worth saving up for. Tokyo is a very big city, with the largest number of inhabitants in the world. This place offers a seemingly unlimited choice of shopping, entertainment, culture and dining. It is an amalgamation of worlds with historical temples, futuristic architecture, green spaces and nice residential neighbourhoods. No matter your taste, there is something for everyone. My advise would be to figure out what you would like to see and explore before arriving, as being spoilt for choice in Tokyo can get very confusing.
I chose to see the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka as my first outing. Rori and I are huge fans of anime and animated films, and being able to see where Hayao Miyazaki, the grandmaster of animation, created his magical animation was a must. One has to book months in advance to gain entry into the museum. Photos are not allowed, instead you immerse yourself in the magic of animation and it makes a difference in the experience. We explored Mitaka a little afterwards.
Then it was off to Minato for the Tokyo Art and Book Fair at Kyoto University of Art & Design, Tohoku University of Art & Design Gaien Campus. The fair is held annually and includes independent publishers, galleries, bookstores as well as individual artists and art groups. We met up with an old friend and made new ones there, including Andile Buka, a fellow South African who happened to be showcasing his book, Crossing Strangers.The night ended up in Tokyo Skytree, in Sumida, with the view of the city.
On our second and last day in Tokyo, we headed for the Harajuku district in Shibuya. There, we explored the contrast of the popular youth culture and fashion in the bustling Shibuya, and the Shinto shrine, Meiji Jingu and its surrounding forest.
Enjoy Tokyo Through My Lens.
Through My Lens series is a project that aims to look at some of my favourite adventures through a series of simple images.
Ghibli Museum & Mitaka
Tokyo Art Book Fair.
Ended off the night in Tokyo Skytree.
Our Tokyo journey ended here. We packed up and caught a Shinkansen in Tokyo Station for the next destination, Kansai.