Summer in Tokyo City

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As I gear up for another summer I can’t help but reminisce about seasons past. One of my best summer’s ever was spent, not in my hometown New York City (though I have had many amazing summers here) but in two other amazing cities, Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan.

kyoto geishas

My trip to Japan was three years in the making. My college roommate, a Tokyo native, had been inviting me to her home since our sophomore year. I went with another one of our friends after graduation. The world was our oyster an our parents still bankrolled our lifestyles so we dined in nice restaurants, partied all night, and shopped during the day with no regard for the cost. Oh, to be young again!

Gnapachi restaurant tokyo

Now, don’t get me wrong, I did get to see more than the inside of the mall and bars. We visited many shrines and temples and got to experience daily life in both cities living in my friend’s hi-rise condo in Tokyo and her family’s machiya (a pre-war townhouse) in Kyoto. During the trip I learned a few Japanese words and how to eat with chopsticks, a feat I had never mastered before.

kinkaku-ju golden pavilion

I have such great memories from that time. With my trip to Mexico on the horizon, I know I’m in for another magical summer though I have to pay for it all on my own dime.

in tokyo

If money were no object, where would you go this summer?

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