First thing I noticed about Tokyo? How quiet it is. Sure, their street signs and advertising styles are loud, but you can hear a pin drop in the middle of Ginza. The trains are quick and silent, where you can’t even use your mobile phone. There is minimal traffic, as everyone’s crowded onto the trains. The only thing I could hear in Shinjuku this morning was Cameron Diaz advertising a supermarket chain on one of the digital screens (in Japanese, I was impressed).
However, Japanese people are so helpful and friendly. I think I asked half of Tokyo directions last night, and everyone wanted to help, trying out their limited Engrish in the proccess. One woman left her desk to walk me to this Internet cafe. On the trains, people look at me as if I’m a celebrity, as I have probably seen only half a dozen non-Japanese so far. Thank God for my pathetic level of Japanese – signs that I don’t need advertising hair care products are in English and train information is solely in complex Japanese. Go figure.
Sport-wise, I’m definitely not impressed! So far I have seen only two soccer pitches, crammed in between righ-rise apartments. The baseball museum will probably be tomorrow, as I quite fancy myself now on the trains and am up for a bit of a challenge!