Friday, February 10, 2006
Saturday, February 04, 2006
On the 31st of December 2005, I set out on the final leg of my journey. A visit to one of the most densly populated cities of the world- TOKYO. Tokyo has a population of 30 million. Just the thought of a visit to one of the premier cities in the world which has been voted as the most expensive place to live in the world consistently over the last decade filled me with excitement and anxiety. I got off the flight and went through the immigration clearence and customs and was out of the airport in less than 30 minutes. Everything seemed to be so streamlined. My uncle was waiting for me outside and immediately took me to the parking lot. There waiting for us was a magnificient Mazda Rx-8. The two door four seater sports car was fully loaded with a navigation system and with bose stereo system with a total of 8 speakers masterfully placed to please the auditory senses to the maximum. Viruvirumaandi... virumaandi was blasting on the speakers when we entered Tokyo.
In front of me lay a sprawling metropolis with ultramodern subway systems bullet trains, public transportation was at its best. Everything and everyone seemed to be in the "zone". Fast... must have been a word to describe Tokyo. After a quick stop at a local rest stop for some breakfast (some sumptuous hamburger and coffee) we reached harumi where my uncle resides.
I was soon on top of a 50 storey building in my uncle’s apartment on the 50th floor sucking in the wonderful sight of magnificient Tokyo. I could see the beautiful red Tokyo tower (Tokyo's equivalent of the Eiffel tower) and mount Fuji and the beautiful river that runs in Tokyo. It was a breathtaking sight, I could just stand there for hours marvelling at the city and dreaming of the days ahead when I would be roaming the streets capturing everything in my wildly imaginative brain and preserving it there forever.