I safely arrived in Tokyo three days ago, and am finally getting into the groove of things.
It’s been a little non-stop since I arrived. Bright and early on my first morning here, I went to Tsukiji, the world’s largest fish market. Workers were using huge band saws to cut through flash-frozen tuna, and sword-like knives to slice into fresh ones. Throughout the labyrinth of stalls there were also huge clams, octopi, and wide-eyed fish staring up at me as I tried not to get hit by numerous small trucks. It was amazing to see a world that seems relatively unchanged in such a modern city.
Later that day I jumped onto a bullet train, and flew on up to Sendai. I am currently couchsurfing with a wonderful Ukrainian couple. They both play traditional Japanese instruments, and this morning they treated me to a performance with a koto and a kokyu. It was absolutely beautiful.
Tomorrow I will walk around my old elementary school and see if I can find some familiar nooks and crannies in the neighborhood. So far so good.
Hope you are all doing well.
*Ryden is my middle name and it means God of Thunder. I was named after a shinto shrine in my hometown, Tanohata, where everyone calls me “Ryden chan” (aka ‘lil Thor’)!