An Introduction to Tokyo Trendy

marinaAlthough it’s been over 15 years, I still remember the exact day that I fell in love with Japanese culture.

I was in first grade, six years old, and learning about different cultures of the world. My teacher’s daughter had just returned from a trip to Tokyo and had brought back a variety of different clothes and souvenirs for us to play with. We spent a week wearing kid-sized kimono, using chopsticks to eat goldfish, and crafting daruma (Japanese goal dolls).

I was completely entranced. From then on, I developed a passion for Japanese culture that has remained with me to this day.

Growing up, I always knew that I wanted to visit Japan. But as my life got more complicated and I picked up more hobbies during school, this idea became more of a passing thought rather than a reality. I resigned myself to reading about Japan and eating sushi on the weekends, and later took a semester of Japanese once I entered college.

In the fall of 2012, however, I finally lived out my dream. By a combination of luck and chance, I spent four months living and studying in Tokyo. And although I barely knew the language and I had never been abroad before, I fell head over heels in love. Japan was everything I had dreamed of and more. The months flew by, and once I returned to America, I had a new dream: to live in Tokyo again.

I suppose that’s the reason for this blog. Over the past year, I’ve found that many of my friends know little about Japan, or only of the eccentric culture of anime that has wrongly colored their perspectives. I want to share my experiences, and explore the culture that has left such a deep impression on me.

I’ve been to Japan. I’ve spent months living in the suburbs, commuting on Japan’s expansive public transportation system, eating in neighborhood noodle shops, and traveling throughout the country. I’ve shopped in Harajuku, petted deer in Nara, visited the famous temples in Asakusa, and experienced the vivid nightlife of Shibuya. And although I’m not an expert on any of these topics, I’d like to share my own impressions with those who are interested in visiting or living in Japan.

I know I’m a visual learner, so I want to share some of the most poignant photos I took overseas and let you see exactly what I experienced. It’s a photoblog with a little extra, a little insight on the country and culture that few people know. I hope this blog helps you understand more about Japan, and why it’s left such a huge impression on me.

And maybe, just maybe, it’ll help me realize my dream of returning to the country I fell in love with.

Thanks for reading, and welcome to Tokyo Trendy!





6 thoughts on “An Introduction to Tokyo Trendy

  1. I loved hearing about your interest in Japanese culture, Marina! I hope you realize your dream and get back out there to Tokyo. The pictures were such a great part of the blog as well! Your writing tone is very calming! I appreciate your richly detailed description of the cultural differences and peculiar food misnomers that Americans use. I look forward to your future posts!

  2. Your pictures and words make Japan feel very appealing to me. I’m happy to follow your blog for a while since years ago I was teaching English to a Chinese woman who oddly kept trying to convince me that Japan was the most beautiful country to visit. Perhaps your words can convince me…blog on.

  3. Love your blog! I’m heading to Japan for the first time with my girlfriend for most of December. I’ve been looking for a bit more insight as far as places to visit and things to do, along with what to expect. Your photos and commentary fit that perfectly. They’re much more interesting and engaging than a few comments in a forum or dry descriptions from a guidebook.

    • Thank you so much! I really appreciate the feedback- this is exactly what I was trying to do! Japan is an amazing place and I know you’ll have plenty to see and visit. Let me know if you need any suggestions for places to visit; I’m more knowledgeable about the Tokyo area, but I’ve travelled to the Kansai region as well. Good luck!

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