In August last year, as part of a larger trip, I was lucky enough to spend a week in Tokyo… by myself.
To give some background to the significance that week had on my life, I should provide some of my life history prior to the trip. I am just 22 years old, but I had never been overseas before this trip. I was born and raised in the capital of Australia, Canberra. Whilst being the national capital, its entire population is similar in size to the special ward of Shinjuku, where I stayed whilst in Tokyo.
The equivilent of the whole, Australian population is approximately equal to the number of people who pass through Shinjuku Station in the course of a week.
I landed in Tokyo on the very first day of my trip, not knowing much more than ‘please’ and ‘thank you’.
I probably had the best week of my life.
I would like to share some of the photos I took.
Tokyo, looking west, from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
Yodobashi Camera in Akihabara
A wind turbine installation in Akihabara
Shibuya at night
The Asakusa markets
The Sensoji temple in Asakusa
The Meiji Jingu Shrine gate near Harajuku
Prayer boards at the Harajuku shrine
Meiji Jingu shrine gardens
The infamous gundam on Odaiba Island
Totoro points the way to the Ghibli Museum
Laputa robot at the Ghibli Musum
Youth dance festival in Harajuku
Imperial Palace bridge
Pretty much my last memory of Tokyo, taken just before I got on the Narita Express before flying on to London.
Shinjuku Station served me well.