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2018

Tokyo, Japan

By Bryan | Updated: 23rd Mar, 2019




Konnichiwa! I got really excited when I found out my company is sending me to Tokyo for a week. Of course, it won’t be a full travel pleasure but it does feel like it. Apart from its mild to moderate earthquakes daily which are normal (I heard), the thought of going to Japan for the first time is crazy.

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There’s something unique about this country that always fascinates me. Home to anime, the best sushi and ramen, Shinto shrines and Cherry blossoms. Japan has a reputation for its distinctive culture and traditions. At the same time, its people is one of the most advanced and sophisticated in the world — one of the most extremely disciplined.

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Having never been to Japan and Japanese is all Greek to me, it took me a while to get the knack of going around the city, especially the subways and trains. It took me a good 3 days to master it, I think (or more). What I like about going around — and getting lost — is that I always end up in a cheap Japanese restaurant trying local cuisine. The food is absolutely great. The service is always the best, full smile with a nice greeting and a bow.

"Arigatou gozaimasu!"

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And yes, I tried the capsule hotel. Also known as pod hotels, they are the cheapest. It's like a honeycomb, each capsule is a single plastic tube. If you have a fear of enclosures, this is definitely not for you.


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Thank you in Japanese



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Hi, I'm Bryan — a Filipino traveler, fan of The Big Bang Theory and good food. The silent sam on the couch. An Apple buff. I was born in the Philippines and now a resident of Barcelona, Spain. Most of the time, traveling solo. Advocate for cheap escapades. Backpacker. Yep, Filipinos do backpacking!
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