After touching down in Narita Airport (NRT), the first thing I noticed was the sweltering heat. Going from a cold, dry airplane into Tokyo’s hot and humid summer shocked me into the reality that I was at the moment alone in a foreign country. Filled with the softly purring engines of hybrid busses, the chatter and shuffling of tired passengers, as well as broken strings of soft-spoken Japanese, Tokyo presented me with a new culture and atmosphere.
At first, I felt stranded. My T Mobile service did not work, so I had no way to contact family or the people I was supposed to meet. I couldn’t converse well with anybody, for I knew exactly two Japanese words: konichiwa and sayonara. And even the vending machines displayed no recognizable brands.
But when I thought about my situation again, I realized that I wasn’t screwed; I would, in the next few weeks, have an adventure that I will never forget.
On the Express Bus into downtown Tokyo, I was able to snag the following two photos of Tokyo’s skyline. The beauty of the scene is only amplified by the sun setting in the west.
Tokyo is a beautiful place, and I feel so excited to be here. To two weeks of fun and learning!