Short stories & travel reports from a life spent living, working and exploring the globe.
What a dazzling, seductive beast the city of Tokyo is! My thirteen days in Japan’s enchanting capital marked what I can only describe as perhaps the definitive highlight of my global wanderings these past twenty years! And, no I’m not exaggerating. After all, where else could one get hands on with a sumo wrestler, hang out with rare owls, eat dinner in a vampire’s lair, wield a samurai sword, meet the humanoid robot Asimo and retrace Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson’s hallowed steps as a special guest in one of Japan’s most luxurious hotels.
As you sit here reading this, I’ll forgive you for thinking that I’ve just reeled off the highlights. But that would be a disservice to the fine dining and magic tricks of The Ninja Restaurant, not to mention the sexy, bikini-clad winged warrior fighting a malicious machine from atop a giant T-rex at The Robot Restaurant. It also wouldn’t be fair to the majesty of The Ghibli Museum and Japan’s most revered animated films, nor indeed to the hypnotizing brilliance of the arcades and anime stores of Akihabara Electric District. Uff, I’ve already given away too much.
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