The food in Japan is great! We haven’t been to a lot of restaurants though, but ramen and sushi never disappoint. There are a lot of good and fancy ice cream places to try too, and I have my favorites (will make a separate blog post for this, just because!).
We live in a spacious flat in a quaint (at least our road) neighborhood in Ikebukuro. It has a traditional tatami room, a wide living room, dining room, laundry room, toilet, bathroom (with a tub, my best friend on hard days at work), a big bedroom that fits all seven of us, and a nice veranda that gives a stunning view of the — kidding, we’re on the second floor. It’s perfect for late night conversations over good food and ice cold beer. It was fully furnished when we arrived, beds and covers, air conditioning and heater, washing machine, microwave, toaster, heater, rice cooker, refrigerator, hair dryers, television, furniture — you name it, down to a cupboard full of food and drinks topped with 80 boxes of noodles. Plus high speed internet connection. 😉
Trains are super convenient. I cannot even begin to compare it to what we have back home. So never mind. Traffic? None. Foot traffic? Intense! Hello Shibuya! Train congestion? Wow. Shinjuku at 7:30 p.m. is amazing. There’s a lot of walking too! With that, my quads are back! We walk from our flat to work every morning. Then, from the station to the university and back. In a day, we walk for about 80 minutes.
So far we’ve been to a couple of shrines, toured around Tokyo and Yokohama, walked across the iconic Shibuya crossing, met Hachiko, strolled along parks, and recently, we visited Ueno. Next week we plan to hike Mt. Takao, a prelude to my Mt. Fuji climb next month. I can’t wait! 😆
Kind and polite. Always. The company where I work in, and perhaps 95% of the companies in Japan don’t employ janitors. Typical and even the rich don’t have household help, too. So they clean. Everyone does. Elementary children walk and ride the trains alone too. That alone tells a lot about how safe the streets are here.