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Working in Tokyo

by Jorge Sanchez - 3 years, 10 months ago

I have been in Tokyo during my several journeys to Japan, sometimes for a few days, sometimes for a longer stay. It is unavoidable to call in this city during your journeys to Japan, being the country capital. There was even once (in the year 1982) when I had to wait in Tokyo for two months because I had no money to continue my journey around the world, even to go back to my country, Spain. I found a job in a Spanish restaurant in the centrically area of Shinjuku. I was a waiter. I had learnt enough Japanese in a Zen monastery north of Kyoto to make myself understood in this language. During those two months I had time enough to get to know the city and even to love it. Since a tourist point of view Tokyo is not as fantastic as Kyoto, for instance, but with the time you get to love this city. Some highlights that I appreciated were to visit early in the morning the fish market, to spend the night in Roppongi area drinking sake with Japanese friends, or to visit the Emperor Palace the day of his birthday. Based on Tokyo I had even time to make one day excursions to Nikko or to visit the snow monkeys in Nagano. When I saw that I had saved enough money, I travelled by boat to Taiwan, calling in my way to several islands where I would spend several days: Okinawa (one week), Ishigaki and Iriomote. The last time that I was in Tokyo, in the year 2009, I spent several days waiting for my boat to Ogasawara islands. The pictures shown are around the port where I spent the night (sleeping on the floor).


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