“You should go take a run” He said. So I did
He told me this the morning after I had just went to a busy district in Tokyo called Omotesandou which is in the middle of Tokyo. I had gone to Omotesandou to get an iphone. After pushing my way through the maze of the Tokyo Train System, I had arrived at the main streets of Omotesandou to see, what recently a friend would describe to me as an “introvert’s nightmare”. Thousands upon thousands of people like a swarm of ants were walking to and fro. It was a bit overwhelming to say the least.
The next morning I woke up at my current suburban residence of Itabashi and found something else overwhelming. This time it was a list of things that I wanted to do in order to settle in to Japan. Contacting friends, opening a bank account, getting ready to work in Tokyo, buying a chair, organizing my room, what things to buy, when my next shipment of stuff was coming in…. Not to The list went on and on and on, It was also overwhelming to say the least.
“You Should go take a run” He said. So that morning I did. Leaving behind my lists and ventured forward to take a morning jog in Itabashi. This is what I saw:
A stark contrast to the center of Tokyo, Itabashi had a more quiet feel.
Back in the day Itabashi was a place where the Japanese army had a lot of factories back in the day. Now its just a quiet and a bit run down suburb. But my initial feeling being here is that it has a charm to it. I can’t really describe it but the old buildings with some rust and the mixture of different styles of buildings really makes it feel like people are actually living here out in the open. It might just be my foreigner side coming out but that’s how I feel.
It reminds me that even in a crowded busy city like Tokyo, there are places of solitude and quietness.
And now the crowds and the lists don’t feel too overwhelming anymore