WOW guys... Japan! How do I even get started? I am BEYOND grateful to have experienced this with my Husband. It was one of the most surreal experiences of our lives. Specially returning from Japan... one moment we were in Asia, the next moment we were laying in bed in the US saying to each other: "How were we in Japan just a few hours ago and now we're back at home with our fur babies?" For me it was incredibly surreal, specially being my first time traveling anywhere else other than Europe or North America.
I must say though, Japan was totally different from what I had imagined. I had pictured a loud, confusing place. It turns out that Japan is a clean, quiet (yet vibrant) little country. We saw small children (4/5 years old at most!) walking by themselves which was shocking to me. When I was little back in the Azores, I used to walk everywhere, we all used to. But back in in the US, the reality is very different. I have gotten used to kids being over supervised, that's our normal. Hence, the cultural shock. I loved it though. It made me rethink how in the US (and most Western countries for that matter) kids are too overprotected.
This is one of the things traveling does for you. It puts life into perspective which never ceases to amaze me.
I love how much we grow as human beings each and every time we travel. We mature, learn to respect other cultures and get to know ourselves a little bit more each time. We become more human because we get in touch with human race's roots. It's phenomenal.
It's so rewarding to travel to a place where you've never been before and feel right at home. Truly indescribable.
This was the first site we visited. When we saw this picturesque scenery, our jaws dropped. We couldn't believe what we were beholding.
We found this perfect bamboo garden (by chance!), and it was the first time I saw so many Bamboos put together in one single place. Truly magnificent.
You won't be able to tell from this picture, but these fish were humongous - almost the size of a small dog.
Then again by chance, we found this sumo fight happening in Tokyo. We couldn't resist to stay for a few rounds. It was unlike anything I had ever seen. To be honest, my husband saw the signs (in Japanese btw, don't ask me how he knew haha!) and wanted to go, I hesitated for a few seconds, but I ended up loving it. I couldn't believe how awesome it was. I was so engaged the whole time. They sang Japanese traditional chants and sold the most flavorful noodles. It was such a fun experience. Make sure to watch a sumo fight in Japan!
We were in complete awe with this gorgeous temple. We walked around for a bit, and sat there to appreciate the beautiful architecture. It was our first temple, we had no idea what else was in store for us.
Here are the little devils! Delicious, I couldn't get enough.
During the sumo fights, it also felt like we had gone back in time to the late 19th century. They do keep traditions alive.
Tokyo is known for being the black suit city, and that couldn't be more true. I have footage of thousands and thousands of people walking in the same direction wearing black suits. It's absolutely unusual (in a good way!).
Don't be discouraged that I didn't name the places we went to in Tokyo, I will be posting a full itinerary with photos to help you plan your trip. There's so much more to share about Japan, so stay tuned!