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Tokyo Pt 1: Environment

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Japan is a very special place. I always talked about it with friends, and how cool it would be to travel there. So last year I graduated and it seemed like the perfect time to finally get a chance to experience it first hand.

I don't know what it is that draws me close to Japanese culture. I always had a liking for its culture, food, design and even its quirks. Their way of living there just always seemed like a perfect balance of forward thinking and old tradition. It amazes me thinking about the technological advances Japan achieves but yet still holds on strongly to its old traditions.

I only had the opportunity to explore Tokyo and just that was enough for me to realize what an amazing place it is to visit. 

This is the first post in a two post series. Environment and people.

The focus on this one is 'Environment' . 

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Baseball is very popular. We passed by a lot of fields on the train to Tokyo.

Baseball is very popular. We passed by a lot of fields on the train to Tokyo.

The view from where we stayed the first few nights. Looks like a sea of concrete.

The view from where we stayed the first few nights. Looks like a sea of concrete.

I really like the overly decorated buildings. Gives them character.

I really like the overly decorated buildings. Gives them character.

The smaller side streets are really inviting.

The smaller side streets are really inviting.

A lot of food places have these great plastic food displays. Sampuru  (サンプル)

A lot of food places have these great plastic food displays. Sampuru  (サンプル)

Large temples and parks offer a stark contrast to the dense cityscape.

Large temples and parks offer a stark contrast to the dense cityscape.

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The unique parks that lay within Tokyo makes you forget about the bustle of the city.

The unique parks that lay within Tokyo makes you forget about the bustle of the city.

It's crazy how one moment you're in the busiest streets then a few turns you're here.

It's crazy how one moment you're in the busiest streets then a few turns you're here.

Nice old styled structures framing the city streets.

Nice old styled structures framing the city streets.

A peaceful garden nestled in the heart of Tokyo.

A peaceful garden nestled in the heart of Tokyo.

Takeshita street in Harajuku. A fitting entrance to show off Tokyo's most unique and fashionable area.

Takeshita street in Harajuku. A fitting entrance to show off Tokyo's most unique and fashionable area.

In the Tsukiji fish market

In the Tsukiji fish market

Fresh Tuna is the star here in Tsukiji

Fresh Tuna is the star here in Tsukiji

Walking through the streets at night holds its own kind of beauty with bright lights and busy streets.

Walking through the streets at night holds its own kind of beauty with bright lights and busy streets.

I felt like a kid constantly looking upwards, just captivated by lights. 

I felt like a kid constantly looking upwards, just captivated by lights. 

Roppongi. A city within a city.

Roppongi. A city within a city.

There are so many different places to keep yourself busy in Tokyo. Tons of places to play a variety of games. 

There are so many different places to keep yourself busy in Tokyo. Tons of places to play a variety of games. 

Of course when you are in such unique environments... You have to do some group selfies.

Next week in PT2. People.