Big Cities, Bright Lights…and Earthquakes

December in Japan has been quite busy with exams, traveling, and trying to cram everything in before I leave. As my last few travel destinations in Japan I decided to check out the big cities, starting with Osaka. Osaka is a beautiful city and to say it is large is an understatement (especially considering I was lost most of the time). Needless to say, the skylines were beautiful and the lights were amazing, it was especially stunning at night. I also enjoyed some delicious and famous Takoyaki.

View of Osaka

View of Osaka

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My last and final stop during my travels was Tokyo. Calling Tokyo a big city is like calling Edmonton a little chilly in the winter time. I’ve always considered myself a “city person”; that was until I went to Tokyo and realized how broadly the term city is used. Tokyo is by far the largest metropolis I’ve ever been to. I was fortunate enough to stay with a very nice Japanese girl I had met on my last trip to Tokyo who was kind enough to invite me into her home and show me around.  I had an amazing week visiting all the typical sites and some not so typical sites; everything from Tokyo Tower and the Rainbow Bridge to a couple of animal cafés. It was an amazing trip and after being pushed into a few subway trains and experiencing my first ever earthquake at the top of the World Trade Center building, the week was eventful to say the least. I even had the privilege of attending a University of Alberta Alumni event while I was there. It is incredible what a “small” world we live in and how even 10,000 km away, in a giant place like Tokyo, we can experience a little bit of home.

Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow Bridge

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LOVE, Shinjuku

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Cat Café

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Tokyo Tower, view from World Trade Center building

After these amazing trips it was time to come home and study for finals. The semester is coming to an end and I can’t believe my time in Japan is too. It has been incredible and the time has flown by. Just a little while left then I’m Edmonton bound. I’m just trying to absorb as much as I can before then!

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