January 30, 2012
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A city where I lived
I’ve lived in a few cities but I’m going to talk about Tokyo. It must be more than five years ago since I lived there but when asked the question it was the first place that came to my mind. And even though it is a city it’s almost like it’s a country in itself. I know many Japanese would disagree with me - but to me it was Japan and not because I hadn’t visited other places there. Tokyo is vast and it’s a city made up of cities, and you get off the train and at every station it’s like you are really walking into another city.
It also had a very different feel, when it was or night or when it was day. I know many cities are like that but the place felt different, and even smelled different at each time. Day time to me was work, and like everyone else there that’s much of what occupied my mind so much so that I would forget I was there and just follow the path to the station, onto the train get off the train, go to the office.
But at night though it all changed and I guess that was because I was free from work and my mind more open to exploring and observing – and Tokyo is great for that, watching crowds and eccentric individuals or getting lost in the mazy back streets, I really loved doing that – at every turn if you got tired there was some food to eat or the smallest bar in the world to rest and have a drink – the food was brilliant there too, literally everything tasted good.
So yeah like a world in itself – just thinking about it puts me there.
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