Tokyo ’13 Photo-diary Part 8:
The 8th and final part of the photo-diary series from my Tokyo trip!
Strolling around a foreign city is hands down a favourite thing to do. No maps or tour guides needed, just follow your eyes, heart and nose to wherever you desire! These walks took my mother and me all around Tokyo, from department store food halls (oh I could spend half a day in them – next level presentation and variety!) to suburban streets. The last photo is the last my camera took before dying on me (I’d forgotten to bring an adaptor and charger) – we were in Ueno, famous for several things including its array of meritorious museums, for the day to museum hop.
That restaurant pictured is of a unadon place we stumbled across. As we were innocently walking along, we were suddenly hit with this heavenly smell – sweet, soy, smokey, kabayaki sauce! We had no choice but to sniff out the hole-in-the-wall (always the best finds), cosy restaurant and I wish you could smell it, it was incredibly drool-inducing! Finding and admiring plastic food stores and a very familiar doughnut store I didn’t know was out of New York, browsing a traditional hand-made crockery store, and seeing gorgeous flowers already abloom in the chilly weather were other simple delights.
These are some pleasurable experiences you can’t get from following a guide-book or tour group. Everyone has a different travel style, and there’s nothing wrong with going along with a personally or pre-planned itinerary, but I definitely feel that you should always give yourself a full day to get acquainted and even fall in love with a strange new city. Just wander about, communicate with the locals (as best you can! gestures and pictures included), taste as you go and window-shop. Ride the bus, train or ferry and record your little journey by keeping business cards and photographs. You’re bound to discover more than you’d expect 🙂
Hope you’ve enjoyed my travel photos from Tokyo, and happy travels!