First Holiday of 2016

I don’t know about you guys, but half a year passes by real fast! Being that in Chinese calendar 2016 is the year of the Fire Monkey, its characters being ambitious and adventurous, so far I have spent my months on work as usual sprinkled with a few sweet holidays! And it’s been great! All the trips were memorable on its own, each of them with different elements of adventure. Here I’ll share with all of you on my first trip of the year, Japan!


I started off my new year in Japan, spending the first few days in Tokyo. I can’t help but to start off talking about the trip with the famous train system here. I think it’s best defined when I say that it’s the only transport that I used to get around Tokyo! Convenient level=10/10!


My first visit there was the famous Tokyo Skytree! I started off the day by having quite a heavy breakfast at a restaurant opposite the Hatagaya station. The restaurant offers a wide variety of fresh fish dishes and the best part is, you can fill up the bowl full with a set of your choice for only ¥980!


When I got there, as anyone would, I can’t help but to be in awe of the tower that’s standing 634 meters tall in the middle of Tokyo! As beautiful as it is to see the tower from the outside, the view from the top is just breathtaking! Anyone who plans to visit Tokyo needs to have this place on the list!

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nfortunately I couldn’t spend my time there until nightfall, I would have loved to see the whole of Tokyo light up from up there!


On the way back to my friend’s home where I was staying at in Tokyo, I stop by the Asakusa Sensoji Temple. It’s very well maintained, and shows the distinctive design of Japanese temples.

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In brief, I was able to see a little bit of both the modern and the age-old Tokyo. Both beautiful in its own way, with a deep sense of what makes Tokyo a great city, not only because of its size, but also in reasons that its people and its culture makes up for it.

I will continue the rest of the journey in the next few articles. There will be more about foods, places, events and even antique flea market!

(Khalid Takahiro)

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