For as long as I can remember, Japan has been at the very top of my travel list. It always seemed like something that would never happen, and in fact, I had to hold myself back from actual tears when I looked out the plane's window and saw we were descending into Tokyo.
However, I had no idea just how much my two weeks in Japan would have on me. Not only was I introduced to an entirely new country with its own established cultural norms and society, but a different attitude toward the food industry, architecture that mixed fresh, modern lines with distant memories of the past, and even an entirely different way of experiencing concerts(I was fortunate enough to attend the opening night of Japanese pop star Ayumi Hamasaki's 20th anniversary tour - think their equivalent to Madonna).
The first 24 hours of this trip felt like a total dream. The smallest things filled me with intrigue and wonder.
I must have looked really weird taking pictures of what may have seemed like ordinary day-to-day things to the common Japanese person. I assume it was the equivalent of a Japanese tourist visiting Florida taking a picture of trash on the street - a sight that is something of a fabled tale in their country.
One of my favorite sights during my trip was the abundance of vending machines. Here in the states, I feel like vending machines are something of a dying species. However, in Japan, they are advanced enough that they'll even serve you hot beverages(as well as cigarettes in some) and are frequent enough that you start to get a further glimpse into Japanese culture and the lifestyle.
All that aside, Japan is a vast country with many sites to behold, and I want to keep this post centered on the first 24 hours of my trip - from the moment I landed to my walk back home to the Airbnb - and I want to share pictures I snapped during that time.
Enjoy the first 24 hours of my time in Tokyo, and I hope it inspires you to plan a trip there because it's totally worth it!