Technically it’s already spring in Japan, but the weather is still too cold for comfortable walks…so what’s keeping me busy and happy? February’s pretty much known for Valentine’s Day so I guess I’ll start off with
I rarely leave Tokyo. Usually my travels outside the city are spurred by events and concerts. The first time I left the Kanto region was this past September when my family took me on a graduation trip to Osaka and Kyoto.
But a few days ago I decided to go to Nikko up in Tochigi Prefecture to watch a hockey game between Japan’s national women’s hockey team Smile Japan and the NWHL’s New York Riveters. It was the first day-trip I took outside of Kanto and a welcome break from the city. Read More
One of my biggest accomplishments in the past two years was a three-hour walk from Shibuya to Akihabara. It would’ve probably taken less time if there had been a road that directly links the two, but Tokyo doesn’t exactly make traveling on the road that easy.
I wish I could say that I did it for fun or for exercise. Sadly that’s not the case. I had errands to run and ¥120 in my wallet and train pass combined. Luckily, I had a lot of time in my hands and comfortable shoes on my feet so I ended up walking across Tokyo (the metropolitan part at least).
That experience taught me a lot about where things are in the city. By taking public transportation—particularly the subway—sometimes it becomes easy to forget the places in between. It was also a chance to see how different wards of the city transitioned from one part to another, not in a blur from a car or bus window but through a prolonged process.
Of course, I still take the train whenever I can, but some days I try to take some time off to walk and explore. And I want to share those days here.