It happened. The big 3-0. Starting a new decade of life.
And wow…I can’t imagine welcoming this stage of life in a more more memorable way!
My husband and I always said that after we both finished school (which has been 5 out of the 6 years we’ve been married) that we would take a fun trip to celebrate. Well, the time finally came and when one of my closest friends, who is temporarily living in Tokyo, opened her doors to us we knew this was an opportunity we couldn’t pass-up! The trip also happened to be over my 30th birthday, which was an added bonus!!
Traveling there, with a 13 hour time change, took nearly 2 full days. After a bit of jet-lagged sleep, we were ready to start our adventure!
To be completely honest, I had no idea or expectations of what to expect during our time in Japan. I had heard bits and pieces about the culture and had seen pictures of downtown Tokyo and some of the gardens. Other than that, I was going in pretty blindly, feeling excited to witness and learn about another culture.
Let me tell you – I was absolutely BLOWN AWAY by the culture in Japan. The kindness of others, their willingness to help with no expectations, and the common respect and courtesy for others that everyone displayed was something that completely humbled and taught me so much.
In addition, I was constantly amazed at how CLEAN everything was (even bathroom public bathrooms on the side of the road!!!) and the way everyone appeared so organized and patient (waiting in lines, taking pictures, etc.). Even in the middle of a big crowd, it never felt overwhelming or chaotic.
It was an absolutely incredible trip and I left with such a great respect for the culture and so many of the people I was able to meet!
All the photos in this post are in and around Tokyo. I’ll be back soon to share pictures from our trips to Kyoto and Kamakura, and then what I’m most excited to tell you about…THE FOOD!!