After a whirlwind trip to Tokyo, here are my 5 favorite experiences from the orient!
Food - Fast, Fresh & Plastic
The Vend - Japan happens to be the vending machine capital of the world, offering 5.6 million servant robots countrywide. Thats 1 for every 23 people. For instance, you can get your thirst quenched by a drink, both hot or cold from the vend, but you can also buy a loaf of fresh bread, a burger, sushi, and wait for it ... a beer. But why stop there? You can buy make-up, electronics, books - i mean dream it, and there is a vending machine for it!
So Fresh & So Clean - No matter where you go for feasting in Tokyo, every component is fresh and prepared with the utmost care. From traditional Japanese meals to Japan's version of a burger & fries. The sushi is dreamy (duh-thats a given) and even Japan's golden arches will make your mouth water for some McNuggets. Not only is it fresh, but also prepared like art.
Plastic - Its just really cool seeing your complete menu in true to scale plastic replicas. We all just need more plastic food in our lives! Take a look at the wall of plastic crepes (top left) and plastic gyoza - fried dumplings (top right).
Culture - Kind hospitality and the notorious peace sign
Hospitality - Being in Japan, I was immediately captivated and touched by a people steeped in such strong value and character. The quietness is so loud with servant hearts, and kindness. While in Tokyo, we had the privilege of visiting family friends for shopping in Kawagoe and snacks in her home. Kindness and concern for others color all that they do in Japan and it is beautiful! Thank you Mariko and Yoko for spending the day with us :)
The Peace Sign - No matter where you are, you just feel compelled to throw the peace ALL THE TIME. One experiences a deeper connection to Japan and it's people through this simple gesture. (My husband even did it!)
Space Toilets of the future