Planet of Tokyo - a city of constant change
There is not a single minute of peace and tourists, for the first timeopening for itself Japan. So much you have to see and do! Visit the numerous temples, admire the Imperial Palace, climb to the very top of the Tokyo TV Tower, take a walk around the areas of Shibuya, Harajuku and Shinjuku ... See your own eyes the luxury and shopping section of Ginza and the famous Tsukiji market. Enjoy the performance at the Kabuki Theater and take a monorail train without a machinist to the "garbage" wonder island of Odaiba. To get acquainted with the night life at Roppongi and explore the huge complex of Roppongi Hills, where from the 58th floor of the Mori Tower you can see the whole city on your palm, and in clear weather you can even try to see Fuji ... But most importantly, in the Japanese capital, from the usual tourist routes, forgetting about the guidebook to find in the intricacies of streets and lanes its Tokyo. After all, Tokyo is a city of smells, symbols, associations and moments. At different times of the year it looks, feels and smells differently. In the spring it is a delicate aroma of cherry blossoms and mouth-watering smells of bento, a traditional Japanese dinner in a box, which employees in warm weather are tasting directly on the street, admiring the nature or watching what is happening around. In the summer - intoxicating aromas of fried Japanese noodle event, sweet cotton wool and biscuit buns, which are traded on the streets during numerous festivals. Autumn smells of mandarins and smoke of aromatic sticks that burn in the temples, and in the damp winter air there is the smell of the sea, fried shish kebabs in soy sauce and baked sweet potato on trays of street vendors.
In Tokyo, you have to walk a lot,just to sit on a bench in some completely unknown park, admiring the carp in the lake. Or drink coffee and cakes in a fancy café, where waiters greet guests with friendly "iraysya mass" and will constantly pour you a glass of ice water, even if your order is a modest cup of coffee that you will sip for hours ... Also, in sushichnuyu - "turntable", where the chef-virtuoso in a few seconds will fulfill your order. "Two with salmon, one with cucumber?" - and throwing plates on a moving tape, while maintaining a friendly conversation with regular visitors and looking with one eye at the TV, where the live broadcast from the racecourse is just starting. For some reason, all the middlers are inveterate fans of horse racing. To wash down everything follows, of course, scalding green tea, which in all the dried ones you can drink as much as you want for free, most pouring yourself boiling water from specially supplied craters. Charter to walk on the streets of Tokyo on foot, you can change cabs, at least just to marvel at the sterile cleanliness of plastic-covered seats and headrests and snow-white gloves of the driver. However, no less pleasure can be delivered by public transport. Even at rush hour, when whole lines of passengers are lining up at bus stops, one does not have to worry that somebody does not have enough space - in some surprising way everyone is placed. Maybe because no one rushes to jump into the bus first and everyone is patiently waiting for the people ahead to pass? The metro is especially curious to look at the plastic doors separating the platform from the rails, which open only when the train arrives. The Tokyo Metro is perhaps the only one in the world where air conditioners work in the winter and in the summer, so much so that you can catch cold in the summer!
On public transport is very convenientget to Mecca tusovochnoy Japanese youth - the Shibuya area, remarkable also because there are literally every two meters there are huge advertising plasma panels. As befits a youth district, Shibu is noisy and fun. Therefore, in order not to get lost and not to lose each other in a dense stream of people, it is better to arrange in advance to meet near a monument erected in honor of a devoted dog Hachiko, who every day went to meet her beloved host at the station and even after his death, not accepting the loss, refused to leave her usual post. To turn up on Shibuya and just to gawk at local youth is entertainment in itself, because there is something to see - on Shibuya, the "orange girls" traditionally gather, a special category among the young fashionistas of the Japanese capital. In Japanese, the adherents of this peculiar fashion are called "ganguros" (in the literal translation - black faces). As and when this fashion movement, which has no analogues in the world, arose, it is difficult to answer the fans themselves of this amazing fashion. It is possible that the roots of this popular fashion trend originate from Japanese cartoons anime, the heroines of which differ in their fragile physique and half-face eyes, like Bambi. "Orange girls" actively use self-tanning, achieving the desired skin tone, walking on mind-blowing platforms, wearing false eyelashes and adoring bright make-up and colorful clothes. From Shibuya, you can easily reach Omotesando, the street of expensive boutiques, often called the Tokyo "Champs Elysees", and another fashion district, Harajuku. There, by the way, on Sunday there is a chance in addition to the "orange girls" to meet "gothic Lolit." The second ones differ from the first ones in that they whiten their faces and thicken their eyes, but they dress somewhat theatrically and pretentiously, mostly in white and black colors, especially preferring the uniformed maid dresses with lace aprons. The most popular symbolism in accessories is "Lolit" - crosses, coffins and bats, and your favorite toy is a teddy bear, also dressed in black. "Lolita" and "orange girls" coquettingly tiredly pose admiring tourists and, in general, do nothing more, just by their presence create a semi-bohemian atmosphere in the area.
City of brides.
Curiously, the other young Tokyo womenblame for excessive coquetry or posturing is not allowed. They are rather nice, original and modest, but there is in them a certain zest, forcing many Europeans and Americans to persistently seek a Japanese bride. Popular among such potential grooms clothes - a shirt with an inscription in Japanese: "I'm looking for a Japanese girlfriend." Back examples, when European or American women marry Japanese, not so much, but such marriages are not uncommon. What attracts foreign suitors in Japanese girls? Appearance, oriental mentality or just like exotics? Most likely, all at once, although the legends about the appeasement of Japanese women, too, probably play a role. I remember accidentally peeped in the gym scene, when the fragile Japanese "gerlfrend" on the heels followed his foreign prince from the simulator to the simulator, touching his forehead after touching each exercise. "Athlete", apparently, was in seventh heaven with happiness and did not notice anyone around, except his caring girlfriend. Maybe this is the secret? However, a few years after the wedding, such an idyll could well give way to the prose of life. A familiar Australian was distressed that for two years after the wedding the wife of a speck of dust blew him off and did not let him go to work, without personally packing the lunch in a box. And as soon as she decided to build a career, daily dinners are a thing of the past, and now he has to get up early himself to cook breakfast for himself and his wife.
Well, to get acquainted with the future spouses of differentnationalities is easiest, of course, in a relaxed atmosphere of night clubs and discos, the most famous of which are located on Roppongi, a street popular with both foreigners and Japanese. If someone does not believe that the Japanese know how to have fun literally before falling, welcome to Roppongi - this street never sleeps. It remains only to guess how and when in this mode it can be cleaned. About Roppongi usually written in guidebooks as one of the most insecure places of the Japanese capital, but, fortunately, all its danger boils down to drunken skirmishes and petty theft.
Friendship of Peoples.
With Roppongi at any time the day opensA beautiful view of the Tokyo TV Tower, which, incidentally, is visible from almost anywhere in the Japanese capital, which makes it a perfect guide in independent walks in Tokyo. And to get lost here, of course, it is quite possible, but it's not terrible: even the Japanese, who are not quite fluent in English, will still try to turn the hapless tourist in the right direction. By the way, in order to communicate with local residents, foreigners do not need to get into extreme situations: many Japanese, especially schoolchildren, like to apply knowledge gained in language courses and boldly turn to any "gaijin", that is, a foreigner, in English, deliberately considering all "Americans". In this regard, bookstores are especially dangerous. There amateur linguists are waiting for an unsuspecting victim near the stand with foreign literature and on the run make a sacramental do you speak English. It is only necessary to give a positive answer, as it follows a simple proposal right here and now start to communicate - for the purpose of the language practice of the "attacker". Foreigners are saved in such a situation most often by flight - not everyone likes the compulsory methods of communication. However, these are not quite typical cases, because most of the Japanese are nice to foreigners, but unobtrusive. Same as Tokyo itself. After all, the city only offers to get to know yourself closer, but never imposed by force. Therefore, it contains a place for both the great originals and the hardened conservatives-neither one nor the other will stand out in the crowd, no one will point at them with a finger. There is an opportunity to feel yourself, whoever you are. And for some reason it is here that you feel completely "your own", even if you are a gaijin (a foreigner) and just left the plane yesterday. Yes, it's noisy, cramped and sometimes incomprehensible, but if you're ready to make contact with this city, you will certainly be warm and cozy. After all, in Tokyo, everyone can find something "native" and their own, most importantly - to be able to listen, look and wait ...