So you’ve decided to take a career break (read What Nobody Tells You About Taking a Sabbatical Break), the next million dollar question is… where? The whole world is now your stage, but deciding where to start can be daunting.
Our second day in Tokyo is all about discovering what made Japan famous. Out of the three days I spent in Tokyo, this is my most memorable due to the breadth and depth of experience that the metropolis has to offer.
There are few experiences which can rival the romantic notion of walking along tranquil Japanese gardens as pretty sakura petals bloom above you, or joining the hordes of locals having a picnic under large pink canopies for hanami (flower viewing) and a sip of Japanese beer.
In 1945, more than 130,000 civilians lost their lives when the world’s most deadliest weapon was dropped at the epicenter of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. What most history books didn’t teach is that Kyoto was originally designated to be the first city to befall into the horrific fate.
Few big modern cities in the world are genuinely captivating. Most of the times, what you get is a forest of concrete buildings with no soul, a mass of people rushing through their 9-to-5 like robots, and horrendous traffic jams. I came to the metropolitan of Tokyo expecting more of the same thing, but was pleasantly surprised to…