Tokyo

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Outside the Meiji Shinto Shrine, Asakusa

I am in Tokyo for a week with my son and husband. This is my first trip to Japan and I am absolutely enthralled by it. It is so clean, everything functions so well and the people are amazing. They all seem to be so content and I have yet to meet a grumpy objectionable person. Everyone has been so friendly and polite it’s extraordinary. There seems to be a lot of respect for each other that extends to small courtesies like not letting your kids scream in supermarkets and restaurants, not talking loudly in public places and not shouting on your phone so loudly that the entire train hears your conversation. There is a quiet dignity that seems to permeate every day activities. At home, I can’t count the number of times I have been shopping in Woolworths and have seen someone pushing a screaming child around the supermarket. The parent makes no effort to discipline or control the children and it’s an unpleasant experience for everyone in the immediate vicinity.

I think there is a need for a certain amount of discipline in life. It encourages respect for yourself and for others. We have used trains to get around and I have had a fascinating time just watching all the people who have been watching me back! The thing I have noticed the most is the lack of obese or overweight people. In a world that is tending towards increasing waistlines, pre diabetes heart disease I  can’t decide why it doesn’t seem so prevalent here. I wondered if it is this question of discipline, do people not overindulge when eating, do they stop when they are full, is their diet just healthier than ours or is their genetic make up that they don’t gain weight as quickly as Westerners.

I have had a wonderful fascinating time here but I have unfortunately not done much on the fashion front. The stores are expensive and I can’t get a handle on what trends they seem to follow. It has been enchanting to see young girls catching trains in the evening in their kimonos, and I have wondered where they are going. They look beautiful in the patterned bright coloured fabric. The Japanese have an amazing sense of design and it is visible in everything, even the man hole covers on the roads have flower designs stamped into them. Everything is so aesthetically pleasing. It has been a great experience.

The Guardhouse in the Imperial Palace Gardens

The Guardhouse in the Imperial Palace Gardens

The Imperial Palace Gardens

The Imperial Palace Gardens

There are lots of little boutiques along the canal at Naka-meguro

There are lots of little boutiques and restaurants along the canal at Naka-meguro

Naka-meguro

Naka-meguro

Naka-meguro

Naka-meguro

Manhole cover

Manhole cover

Crystal and wire necklace from Maglie

Crystal and wire necklace from Maglie

I haven’t done much shopping as I’ve found everything to be a bit expensive but I bought this crystal and wire Maglie necklace from one of the department stores in Ginza.They also had these cute lace cardigans.

Lace cardigans at Maglie

Lace cardigans at Maglie

The Tanabata Festival stared yesterday, it involves the stars Altair and Vega and star crossed lovers, you write a love wish on a piece of coloured paper and tie it to a tree and it comes true. They look so lovely and are all over the place, in department stores and outside restaurants on the pavement.

A Tanabata tree

A Tanabata tree

A Tanabata tree

A Tanabata tree

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