Tokyo is for the expressive.
The streets are lit up at night by the shiny billboards of Shibuya Crossing, and the smiles on lovers’ faces. The city center is full of colors. Individuals dressed in whatever outfits they feel best represent their mood, from traditional to street hip hop. You can be whoever you want to be.
Tokyo is for the spiritual.
The smell of incense fill the temples and prayers flags hang in the air. Visitors are asked to wash their hands and mouth before entering the temple, to cleanse of all sins and dirtiness. A short walk away, at the Japanese rock garden, lines and circles are drawn in white sand and resemble ripples in the water. The landscape is a careful arrangement of rocks, pruned trees, and raked sand.
Tokyo is for the early-risers.
At 4am, fish vendors are setting up their booths. The light at each vendor’s stand light up the aisles at Tsukiji Fish Market - the largest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world. Tsukiji seems intimidating on the outside, but a closer look reveals that everything and everyone is moving at a routined manner. Fresh catch is loaded into the market by car, boat, or truck then parts are auctioned off.
Tokyo is for the adventurous.