And just like that, our Japan Chazen Spring Tour comes to an end!
We finished the final days, visiting a couple of more traditional Japanese food and tea makers as well Mitsubishi Real Estate, visiting their wonderful We Work-esque spaces in a part of town called Marunouchi. The group had extra time on the last two days to explore the city. Some folks went to the Tsujiki Fish Market to eat its famous omakase sushi, others went to Tokyo Disney to relive childhood dreams, and some like myself simply wandered the streets of Tokyo from one neighborhood to the next.
I personally walked around 8-9 miles each on Friday and Saturday, taking the train as far as I could and walking back to the hotel in pure exhaustion in time to catch the group dinners. Tokyo is similar to New York in that its neighborhoods are very distinct yet compact. For example, Roppongi (the area where we stayed) is known for their bars and nightlife; Akihabara is know for its anime, electronics, and gaming filled streets; Marunouchi is highly comparable to the midtown of NYC serving as the financial and business hub of Tokyo; and Ginza is known for its premium shopping and dining experiences.
Spending two weeks in Japan is the perfect amount of time to really get to know the country even though there is so much more. The food, people, culture, and innovation makes this country an incredible place to visit. I would put it on the top of my list to return to in the future!
So with that, arigato (thank you) Japan, our wonderful hosts, and amazing classmates on this trip. Sayonara (goodbye) until next time 🙂
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-Katherine Li F’17