For being the most populated city in the world, I strangely haven’t gotten the “chaotic” vibe from Tokyo that I expected. It is definitely busy, but somehow everything seems to just flow here.
I imagine that the people must be busy getting to their jobs and daily responsibilities, but it doesn’t seem like anyone is in a rush. I thought I’d have to “put up a fight” and push my way into the crowded trains like I have in other places, but it hasn’t been like that at all. The people here are so considerate – always patient, taking time to help out the person next to them.
This morning, Chelsea and I were running very late for our flight to Kyoto (we scored $25 tickets!)… as in we arrived at the airport just 12 minutes before boarding! I for sure thought that we would miss our flight and have to figure out a Plan B, but instead we glided easily through check-in and security, making it all the way to our gate in only 8 MINUTES! – and Narita is not a small airport!
I’d like to attribute the success to our super-traveler-skills, but I think the true credit goes to the organization and collectivist culture here. Japan has a very group-oriented culture, and I have experienced some wonderful blessings from this during my time here so far.
I tend to have a fairly independent personality, which does me well in some situations. However, Japan is reminding me of the beauty of community.
See more photos from Tokyo here
I believe in God's grace through Jesus. I love to learn, in a variety of contexts - reading God's Word, interacting with people from diverse backgrounds around the world, and as a student of Linguistics and Foreign Languages at Western Washington University. Pages of My Passport is dedicated to sharing this journey of learning through written and visual content.