Japan is magical.
I've only been here for a month now, and I'm still trying to find the words to describe what it's like to be here. Magical fits.
Magical means "beautiful or delightful in a way that seems removed from everyday life."
Magical is also unexplainable, incomprehensible and baffling.
This video captures the blur of just some what we've seen here and what lies ahead. There are so many nooks and crannies of weirdness all over the place, and I can't wait to get lost in it. And the best part is, the weirdness is normal.
When I moved to Shanghai in 2008 I was so overwhelmed. As in, "OH SHIT I KNOW NOTHING" overwhelmed.
Now in Tokyo, after seven years in China, I'm in "Well shit I know nothing" mode. I'm not overwhelmed. I'm a lot more curious and generally OK with rolling with the unknown of everything here, because this place is so desirable. Everyday life seems removed from everyday life.
I feel like a kid in a candy store. An ADD-addled, sugar-starved, overstimulated kid in the most endless alien candy store in the world.