(Not) Living In Akita, Pt. 12

I recently had a chance to see Tokyo! I didn’t realize how large of a city it was, but I guess I should have expected that from the largest metropolitan city in the world. Although you can walk around small districts of Tokyo, actually going anywhere requires using the massive Tokyo rail system. Even many of the busses are regional, and too slow to travel efficiently to different parts of the city. In many places the roads were dominated by pedestrians as well, making travel through the side roads more difficult.

The transportation, less surprisingly, was packed as well; although the population density is less than cities like new york, there’s a huge liquid population and the subways are always filled. To get on, you often have to just push in and hope people can make room for you. Sometimes there was room though, which was helped by the massive amount of cars per train and the frequency at which they came.

The city itself was also beautiful; it was full of huge skyscrapers, massive temples, and numerous destinations for people to see. My party was fortunate in being able to see Sensoji Temple, as well as much of the surrounding area. Although it was crowded, it was crowded with good reason; the temple, and surrounding religious effects, were breathtaking!

We were also able to visit Akihabara, famous for its pop culture impact and because of its presence as one of the technological centers of Japan. The streets were full of electronic stores and electronics component shops, something you rarely see in America.

It was interesting to see the linguistic situation in Tokyo as well; there was a surprisingly large number of foreigners, and most things were made to accommodate Japanese English, and Korean speakers. Subway voices frequently changes between those, and occasional chinese could be heard as well. Getting help in English wasn’t difficult either, but I fortunately also had quite a few chances to practice Japanese. All in all, it was a great experience I feel I learned a lot from, especially in regards to the kind of culture that doesn’t exist in Akita, but that everyone’s always talking about.

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