A Farewell to Tokyo

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Quite suddenly, the time has come to say farewell. For our final days in Tokyo, we decided to visit some of our favorite sights.  First stop: Shinjuku. An absolute whirlwind of a neighborhood, Shinjuku has provided endless fascination with high-rising commercial buildings and tons of tiny dive bars. It is one of the most impressive, inspiring, fast-paced, exciting and slightly seedy areas in Tokyo. I love it.

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Next comes Shibuya. This photograph captures my favorite area of the massive expanse of Shibuya, which is one of Tokyo’s most iconic neighborhoods. I really enjoy all of the street art that lines the tracks of the JR train line.

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 Shibuya has some of the most diverse scenery in Tokyo, from the busiest street cross on earth to these mysterious canals lined with buildings.

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 Graffiti is plentiful and colorful, lining each street in a way that is indescribably fitting for the area.

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 On my walks to the Nakagin Capsule Tower, I would always pass this window display on the edge of Ginza. In my opinion, Japan will forever be the master of quirk and design.

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 A very special location is Nakameguro, which provided some of the most beautiful views of cherry blossoms I’ll ever see (not to mention excellent strawberry champagne and yakitori). 

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 I couldn’t help but have my favorite sweet: matcha soft serve.

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 It really is no wonder that the sakura blossom is such an icon of Japan. Even on a cloudy day they seem to shine.

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 As I traveled closer to home, I meditated upon some of my most precious views of my everyday commute. This beautiful tree will always baffle me.

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 Then, of course the Kitazono dormitory: my home for the past 3 months. I’ve been so incredibly lucky to call this building home. The dorm and the neighborhood are refreshing and lovely, I have always felt at home here.

 

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 The view from my room always made me calm and happy, especially when hearing the local preschool play each morning at the adjacent park. I have had countless mornings on my patio enjoying the soft street sounds and the park’s crowds, it has definitely provided some of my most peaceful moments.

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 Finally, my local FamilyMart. It’s been awesome, for lack of a better word, to have the high quality Japanese convenience store practically at my doorstep. From late-night snacks to morning coffees, this place (and all konbinis) has given me many good memories.

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 It’s difficult to write about the thoughts and emotions that have been gradually building up as our time has run out, but I will always be able to express my gratitude to my family and TUJ and my pure happiness at the thought of my experiences in this city. Tokyo will always be a home for us.

It has been a pleasure showing you all some of my views of Japan, I truly insist that you go visit!

Cheers,

Ani

 

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