Tokyo Autumn Trip in a Nutshell (Photo Essay), Japan

Tokyo was my last leg of Japan trip last November 2015. I must say that it is the liveliest city I have visited in this East Asian country. With the energetic nightlife, hustling and bustling streets with busy professionals walking to and from work, delectable cuisines, I can compare the city to Singapore and Hong Kong but, to me, more affectionate and hospitable despite the lost-in-translation and do-you-speak-english? struggles. The locals of Japan are really nice and approachable. Well, this is true across all states in Japan; the people I met there are really warm. I wouldn’t doubt if the world looks at the Japanese locals as the most morally-upright people, I see the same way considering I have always felt safe while journeying the country. And the food, oh dang the food, I just love eating in this country. Here are a few (very few) of the things I did in Tokyo during my 3-day stay. I might have not said it enough but arigatou gozaimasu, Japan.

1. Enjoyed the beauty of nature and the red and orange colors of autumn at Shinjuku Gyoen Park.

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2. Amazed myself with the lovely series of Gingko trees at Icho Namiki (Gingko Avenue)

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3. Admired the exteriors and interiors of the Tokyo Station (and other stations actually) plus the Shinkansen ride.

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4. Roamed around downtown Roppongi, because why not?

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5. Strengthened my thighs at the vast Tokyo Imperial Palace

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6. Traversed and photographed Ueno Park

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7. Went artsy at the Tokyo National Museum and made myself want to fly to Xi’an after seeing the replicas of the Terracotta Army in their special exhibition.

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8. Experienced early Christmas at Tokyo Tower and watched the glistening city lights of Tokyo in bird’s eye view.

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9. Drooled at the great deals on cameras and lens at Yodobashi, Shinjuku (and bought a prime lens actually) – electronics haven.

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10. Met the statue of the greatest tear jerker I’ve known, Hachiko, and crossed the world’s famous and busiest intersection – Shibuya Crossing (photos taken using my friend’s phone coz we went out drinking that night so I preferred not brining my heavy SLR). ❤

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