TC in Tokyo
I’ve so far had a brief visit to Tokyo and a few days in Hokkaido for the snow festival. The sheer scale of some of the snow art was very intense, and projecting light shows onto them showed how ice makes an amazing white canvas for so much creativity. The ice art done with chainsaws has been pretty neat too, and all the warm alcoholic drink stands has made for a warm time (Hot Sangria is surprisingly good).
The food’s been weird for the most part and leaves me constantly feeling hungry, even when the active digestion tells me food is not a good idea. The sugars and butters they use have some sort of weird taste to it that I keep finding distracting, and my already near-starving frame seems to be getting even thinner from it. So far their beef and cheese have been super disappointing, but the seafood and chicken have been quite good. It’s somewhat disappointing to see how many of the food options are them trying to imitate other nations, poorly, but the same has been said by many about the US in return related to Asian food.
I love this place’s sense of graphic design, and I enjoy their residential layouts, their train system makes ours look like outdated trash, their fashion has some fusion with 80s stuff, and it’s otherwise interesting to see common roots in tech and ideas with such a strongly different foundation. Their fixation on mascots though is both cute and kinda strange, but I love how almost everything here is represented with cutesy faces on it like something out of Gumball on Cartoon Network. I hope to hit a Hello Kitty store during my time here at some point to see if they still have Batz Maru stuff.
Things have been a bit hazy at points from my wisdom tooth deciding to be a first time problem at the airport on my way here, so I’ve either been super out of it or pleasantly Ibuprofened, so on both accounts stuff’s been a little hazier than I’d like.
I think Japanese racism may be my favorite flavor of it. Being a Gaijin at points almost feels like having villainous super powers, and their way of going about racial intolerance is extremely subby. It’s like being surrounded by human shaped cats. It also has the artists and ex-travelers who break the mold seem that much more amazing, bold, and brave.
Spatial Mind stated:
Such a congested city.
Don't stay there too long, it's expensive as hell.
They make up for it with their amazing train system, and a lot of the food costs aren’t too different from home (unless it’s the uncommon stuff like cheese). The worst of it’s mostly been the prices of places to stay thanks to the festival.
Many of their places seem obscenely cramped from building everything small and squished in, but otherwise I like congested. There’s been so much room to people watch peripherally, and Japanese people apparently are the best drunks from how much they bottle up to that point.
You don't even need to travel that great of a distance to know about that, though. Hell yeah, Pythagoras.
The civilization that built the Pyramids (not the Egyptians cause they have no idea how it's done.) Knew the Earth was round. THOUSANDS of years before the Greeks.