I’ve been to many celebrations of the New Year around the world, including Paris and my home town, Sydney. Last year I celebrated New Year in Tokyo, Japan. Considered one of the great cities (or at least one that always makes the world clocks list in vintage newspaper offices), New Year takes on a different flavour in Tokyo to other places I’ve visited. As always, it’s a time for reflection and renewal.
Tokyo is one of the most expensive cities in the world to visit. But for me, it’s also one of the must see destinations of the world, where peaceful park spaces intersect with one of the most technologically advanced cities. Thankfully, it’s easy to experience Tokyo without spending money except on food and transport. It’s a great city to wander and watch the individual styles of the local people.
On the television it seems like science-fiction; the cameras capture the Tsunami from above, rolling in and taking homes down with the force of its motion. The magnitude of the earthquake keeps going up as I watch on, from 7.9 to 8.4 to 8.9. Numbers mean nothing as belongings vanish in the liquid smoothness of the ocean. Water, the simple thing that keeps us alive, has the power to destroy in seconds.