Thursday, April 26, 2012

Tokyo Nights

Living and working in metropolitan Tokyo, this would be your typical view at night - tall buildings blinking with yellow and white lights that pierce and electrify the inky darkness. The city is always alive - crawling and pulsing with energy, bustling with people in the crowded train stations.

I came across this photo from about three years ago, taken by my friend a few months before I first arrived in Japan. The bright green, glowing sunlight.. almost seems like a distant fairytale. Not that I've never experienced warm sunlight and soft greenery in Japan, because there are those rare places and days that *almost* come close to that feeling, and yet - California's warmth and green is just different. I can almost smell and taste the sunbeams, and they are different. They are filled with a nostalgic sense of slowed-down time and casual hellos, pearl milk teas at Asian shopping centers, wide stretching parks and light blue skies, middle and high school years, family. Yes, those things make a world of difference within California's sunshine.

But then, so is Tokyo different, extremely unique with its energy and vitality, its colorful onward march of life that even earthquakes could not set a pause to. The artificial lights twinkle and grin from rows upon rows of windows, huge screens splashed with television ads, sugary techno-pop music ringing out from one street and traditional Japanese instruments twanging out from a basement izakaya restaurant. After living here for two and a half years, it is still impossible for me to take in all the details at once, for there are so many. Still impossible not to find surprises everywhere.