Monday, June 20, 2011

Tokyo, Japan

Sorry I haven’t written a blog post in so long, I’ve been extremely busy this weekend! Check out these pictures from the Bruins parade on Saturday. My friends and I were down at Government Center and even though it was extremely hot, it was worth it to see Zdeno Chara and Tim Thomas up this close. Anyway, back to subject…

Tokyo, Japan is the capital of Japan and its largest city. With a total of 13 million people residing in the metropolitan area, this unique city is no place to ignore. Originally named Edo for “Estuary”, the name was changed to Tokyo, meaning “East Capital” when it became the imperial capital in 1868. Tokyo is a huge financial center with its stock exchange being the third largest in the world. Even after the disastrous earthquake back in March, Japan has officially announced that it is safe and welcoming tourists.

Harajuku is a fashion capital of the world and has a very unique street fashion. It’s a neighborhood for young people where they hang around showing off their outfits and accessories. This is also the prime spot for shopping in Tokyo (did I mention I love shopping?). Harajuku is famously known for its Gothic Lolita, visual Kei, rockabilly, hip hop, and punk styles. Personally, I’m not really into this fashion style and if that’s also your case, you can also visit Omotesando for some international fashion styles.

The cuisine in Tokyo is also famous and highly rated. Its closest competitor in cuisine is Paris, which Tokyo has twice as many stars awarded to restaurants. Nihonryori Ryugin is one of the most famous restaurants for its classic Japanese taste while Ninja Akasaka is the top rated restaurant in the city that offers a unique experience. Ninja Akasaka is a ninja-themed restaurant that is full of surprises not to mention you’ll be greeted and served by a ninja! Amazing.

The best thing that the locals recommend for tourists to do while in Tokyo is to take a stroll in gardens around the city and experience a tea ceremony. The Japanese Tea Ceremony is mainly influenced by Zen Buddhism and is a huge cultural activity in the country. This ceremony involves a powdered green tea called Matcha and a light meal. The setting can be formal or informal and can involve thin or thick tea. The ceremony is meant for the person to feel the harmony of nature and self-cultivation.

There’s much more to do in Tokyo besides these things but can’t all be covered because that would take 10 pages of writing. Tokyo is an exciting city that offers eccentric fashion, cuisine and culture. Visiting Tokyo would truly be an experience that you will never forget!

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