I spend the next couple of days wandering around Tokyo, buying a few things for my laptop and boring stuff for getting settled at the workaway. I change Hostel to a more central place. Mostly because I booked everything so late, after only getting my Visa 1 week before flying out. But I’m a short walk from Kaminarimon – Thunder Gate, above. It’s the entrance to Senso-ji temple. It is Tokyo’s oldest temple, and one of its most significant . Statues of Fujin and Raijin, the Gods of Wind and Thunder are on the right and left of the giant lantern. It’s usually rammed down the street towards the temple so it’s hard to get a sense of the spirit of the place. But the sheer scale of the temple, gate and statues does leave an impression. Having seen so many of the site in Tokyo before I mainly go looking for places to eat. And actually was hungry to get set up into my routine, using my laptop to do 3D modelling, getting enrolled on the street dance classes and learning more Japanese etc. My workaway host contacts me early and asks me to start 2 days early so I can help move furniture out of one of the several apartments she owns. I say I’ll do it eager to get cracking and have some more roots to do my own thing. I cancel my next 2 nights stay in the hostel and make my way to Shinjuku the next day. Not before going to a 24 hour sushi joint down the road from Kaminarimon.
So I arrive in Tokyo after saying goodbye to everyone back home. A weird mix of feelings, excitement, anxiousness, purpose, uncertainty, joy, anticipation, determination, loss and love. I get the underground to the hostel I’ve booked in Adachi-ku. The hostel is simple, Japanese style with a small communal space and sleeping bunks not too far from being capsules in the next room. The only toilet is situated right next to the common area. More on that later. The first and only thing on my mind – to go find a good bowl of ramen.
I can’t believe it’s been 3 weeks already. Got so much to catch up in and put on the blog. I’ll start from the beginning and post anything significant that happened from when I arrived up until now. Then I’ll try keep on top of it on a weekly basis.