Hey all, just a quick update to let everyone back in Americaland know that I am still alive and well. Since coming to Tokyo, I have done the following:
-Obtained a Chinese visa.
-Explored a completely self-contained city within Tokyo where one could live their entire life without ever going outdoors.
-Attended a huge festival held in the exact part of Tokyo where I’m staying (meaning that instead of regular meals, I got to eat non-stop FESTIVAL FOOD).
-Gone out partying and drinking to the extent that I completely lost my voice and was unable to talk for nearly two days.
-Broke my cellphone.
-Went to the beach in Chiba. Instead of sand, this beach sported a lovely array of cigarette butts and inside-out dead fish. I think I like Japan’s southern beaches better.
-Got lost walking through an industrial area of Chiba. I now know where Tokyo gets its milk, refined sugar, and newspapers.
-Ran into a friend who I met last time I was in Tokyo (talk about a small world).
-Attended a nice dinner party with some of Nick’s friends.
-Replaced my cellphone with a temporary loaner during repairs.
As of this moment, my voice is 99% healed and ready for another weekend of hardcore nightlife…this time with both Nick and David (who arrives tomorrow afternoon). Our first stop will be Velfarre, one of the largest clubs in Asia.
You know, this is now my fourth time in Tokyo. Some people might ask if I ever get sick of traveling to the same spot, and to that I answer both “yes” and “no.” Sure, I’ve been here before, and of course I love exploring new areas (as if the last week wasn’t enough of a hint about that). But somehow no matter how many times I come, Tokyo never fails to blow my mind.
While I would never have chosen to study here instead of Kyoto I still can’t help but love the craziness of it all. Every once in awhile I stop and look around, thinking to myself “How can all of this be possible? How can these endless bright lights, millions of people, and blasting music be part of the same country as the steaming volcanoes, light blue whirlpools, and vast rice fields I just saw less than seven days ago? And how can all of this be in an area smaller than the state of California?”
It’s really pretty hard to comprehend…and for the life of me, there is only one answer that I can come up with.
This is Japan.