Monday, July 12, 2010
Next Adventure: UTMS Japan
I have been invited to speak in Japan and so I started doing a little research on the country. I picked up the Lonely Planet book on Tokyo:Citiescape. It's a nice book that describes Japan in a nutshell. Andrew Bender writes the following in My Perfect Day: Jet lag will probably provide the wake-up call you need to reach Tsukiji fish market before the sun rises. Rubber-booted stall owners and an army of hydraulic lifts work toward selling a fish every four seconds. Then break for the breakfast of champions: the freshest sushi in the world. Hop on the subway to Asakusa, once the bustling centre of shitamachi and still the spiritual heart of Edo, where Senso-ji is Tokyo's grandest and most-frequented Buddhist temple. In the afternoon, take a peak into the future in the electronics and manga mecca of Akihabara of steep yourself in tradition with the fabulously made-up and costumed stories of the deeds of the samurai at the kabuki theater; the legendary department stores of Ginza are right nearby. As night falls, try to tear yourself away from the avenues of neon to commune with the fashionable teens and tweeners in Shibuya, or rise above it all with dinner in Roppongi Hills and a 360-degree night-time view amid artworks at the Mori Art Museum and its observatory.