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Tokyo – First Impressions

We arrived in Tokyo yesterday after a long flight that we changed from Istanbul. The flight was comfortable; we had plenty of time to read the Tokyo guide and watch some Japanese movies in preparation.

We landed at Narita Airport, and it was so tidy and calm. I wanted to take some pictures immediately, but the police warned me not to since I hadn’t seen the “no photo” signs (that was a bit embarrassing). Barış had studied the transportation map very hard, and he knew the connections needed to make it to the hotel. We took the Narita Express from the airport to the city, changed to the train and found our stop.

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A new world which made us amazed with every single moment we witnessed began as soon as we left the train station. We reached our hotel “Hotel Niwa Tokyo” after a short walk. Since we needed to adapt to the time change as quickly as possible, we didn’t let the tiredness take over; we left our stuff in the room, took a quick shower and went out to start discovering this new world.

The first thing we noticed was that the streets were extremely clean. We even got the impression that they had just washed the roads with soap! Streets, roads, signs, flowers – every single thing we could see was so clean and nice.

Another detail that got my attention was the white masks that people were using to cover their mouth and noses. It made me a bit worried in the beginning, thinking that there might be some kind of epidemic, but we later learned that they only wear it to avoid flu, or protect others if they have a contagious sickness, so there was nothing to worry about.

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What I loved from the first day was the vending machines for drinks that you can find on every corner. It is possible to buy bottled drinks from these machines with coins, or even with the charge on your metrocard, which is very useful indeed!

Seeing Japanese cartoon characters and Japanese letters everywhere made me feel like I was living in an anime for the whole day. It felt somehow familiar, but extremely strange at the same time.

In the evening we found a nice Ramen shop and enjoyed the taste of something we would probably be eating a lot in the following days. After dinner the tiredness kicked in. We could hardly get back to the hotel and went to bed immediately.

I wrote this post in the morning the next day. We slept for 12 hours! A new day is waiting for us out there though. Keep following, as I am going to be updating you every day.

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