Tokyo oh Tokyo how I love thee.
First the backstory: In a moment of madness I purchased two one way fares to Narita Tokyo with a guy that I had been dating. The flights were sinfully cheap and I was so delighted that someone wanted to travel with me that I said yes, even though Japan was never on my list of ’to-see’. We broke up shortly after, and suddenly I was stuck with these two tickets. Hazah! I spent the next 5 months trying to flog them on ebay, gumtree, friends, but to no avail. One day (5 days before the flight!) I woke up having just graduated from uni, no job, no boyfriend, no commitments, and went ‘fuck it! I’m going to go’. The next week was spent ignoring the fact that I was going, then the morning of the flight I packed a small bag, booked a hotel, went to the airport- with no guidebook, no plan, no idea of what I was doing and off I went. I was totally clueless. I remember sending my best friend a Facebook saying ‘Dont panic, but I’m in tokyo’, to which his response was ‘of course you are. I knew you’d so something like this one day.”
Now some people will say it was utter madness and very irresponsible, but it was actually one of the best decisions I ever made. I was like a less sexy, badly dressed version of Scarlett Johansson in Lost in Translation walking around in a silent bubble of ignorance and a growing obsession with Baskin Robbins ice-cream. Every day I would fall further in love with the Tokyo. It was a mixture of exceptional food, a user friendly transport system, a mix of old and new world traditions, and the most hospitable and polite people.
I had very little understanding of Japanese, so I spent most of my time alone and in quiet reflection. If you want to get to know yourself- your real self- then this is the perfect way.
I was lost in translation, and happy to not be found. Go get lost out there- I highly recommend it!