The people of Tokyo; man, they’re everywhere. Not just everyone, but everything is everywhere.
The men become one in the blur of their black and suits, while the women wear beige. Boys on the metro giggle while showing each other their smartphones. Girls walk in flocks with rosy cheeks and plush stuffed animals hooked onto their backpacks. It seems like one out of every four people is wearing a face mask. LCD displays light up the colorful streets of convenience stores, vending machines, and restaurant names can’t understand.
The first step to understanding Tokyo: accepting that you won’t understand.
I’ve traveled to many cosmopolitan cities around the world, and none of them feel like this. Part of that is due to the linguistic differences, and part of that is the city and its people. To a Westerner, Tokyo looks like chaos in the numerous viral videos of commuters being packed into metros and outrageous characters in Japanese game shows, but after you arrive and the initial buzz settles down, what you find is more peace and quiet than anything. What once was just chaos now is more like controlled chaos.
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