Japan Calling #tbt

From Tokyo to Kyoto and back


It was about this time two years ago that I headed back to Japan.

It had been an easy destination during my years in South Korea. Twice on a visa run, other times to soak in the organised chaos. I headed back in April 2015 after 10 years away.

It was a whistle stop tour – first to Tokyo to see had anything changed. The neon was still alive and well. The transport as organised and efficient as ever. The sights and smells were just as I had left them. No longer was riff raff accepted in Roppongi. It had grown up to be a very serious art district. Over the last decade, I suspect this was something we were all expected to do.

Then on to Osaka, Kyoto and Nara as the cherry blossoms beckoned picnickers for hanami. And finally back to Tokyo to go home.

I don’t know when I’ll be back again. Perhaps in another 10 years. Maybe the riff raff will be back by then.