So for years I’ve been fascinated by Japan and wanting to visit – especially Tokyo. Something about the mad busy bustle, the neon lights, the karaoke bars, the crazy Harajuku girls – Tokyo has been on the very top of my list of places I’ve wanted to visit for years. I’ve blogged about it sooo many times as well – from the original “Next Stop – Tokyo” post from when I’d booked my flight to Tokyo in Jan 2011, excitedly look forward to the Tokyo nightlife scene, to having my trip cancelled due to the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011.
Fast-forward to 2012 and we go for a take #2 on Mission Tokyo. Come mid-January 2012 I was booked (again) to see the neon lights of Tokyo and waiting to get a first-hand glimpse of some awesome Tokyo streetstyle fashion. Touched down at Narita Airport on the 30th of March 2012 :)
Tokyo (東京 Tōkyō, “Eastern Capital”) , officially Tokyo Metropolis (東京都 Tōkyō-to), is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan. Tokyo is the capital of Japan, the center of the Greater Tokyo Area, and the largest metropolitan area of the world.
Tokyo has been described as one of the three “command centers” for the world economy, along with New York City and London.
The city is considered an alpha+ world city, listed by the GaWC’s 2008 inventory and ranked fourth among global cities by A.T. Kearney’s 2012 Global Cities Index. In 2010 Tokyo was named the second most expensive city for expatriate employees, according to the Mercer and Economist Intelligence Unit cost-of-living surveys, the Michelin Guide has awarded Tokyo by far the most Michelin stars of any city in the world.
What did I do while I was in Tokyo?! A bit of the following…and more…