Tokyo, Japan

Stillness in the Midst of Movement

My journey towards the land of the rising sun began after taking off three runways, in Doha, Muscat then Dubai. I was determined not to let the issues in the Middle East disenchant me. Japan warmly greeted us, sun beaming down upon our hot heads and a couple of times we found ourselves drenched by rain. Of the 11 days, we were on foot for the most part and, fortunately sometimes, seated on the train. I’d been told of the cleanliness and organisation time and again and for each city we explored, I couldn’t agree more. It was striking to witness such disciplined people going about their daily lives, as if they were programmed. The silence on the trains deafened my own thoughts. Japan is a stillness in the midst of movement.