As I recall, my earliest memory of Tokyo, Japan, is watching “Love in Tokyo” with my parents in “Doorarshan” in mid 1990’s. Made in 1966, I remember my father was explaining to us that “Love in Tokyo” was one of the greatest hits and iconic movies of his time. Yesteryear actress Asha Parekh, wearing a “Kimono” and singing “Sayonara” “Sayonara” in the picturesque locations of Tokyo was a visual delight.
Then India entered 1980’s, Europe was rediscovered through the eyes of Yash Chopra and the potential of Japan was ignored in the Hindi movie industries of Bombay. Asian locations are always neglected in Bollywood.
Another memory, off course, the iconic “Godzilla,” which attacked and created havoc in “Tokyo.” I was obsessed with this Japanese monster.
My fascination for the big cities started since my college days. Cities play a huge role in all forms creative art and literature. It defines a character, sometimes a city turns in to a character itself. Since my affair with the big cities has started, I have been discovering surprises in the roads or restaurants or alleys of few big cities that I visited so far.
“Tokyo” gave me adequate opportunities to get surprised and enough reasons to fall in love. Originated as a small fishing village in early fifteenth century, “Tokyo” is now the most populous metropolitan areas in the world. Tokyo - the Capital of Japan – the land of the rising Sun – is the perfect blend of modernity and tradition, a true world-class city belonging to an Asian developed world. Tokyo offers best infrastructure, safe mode of public transportation, Japanese culture, historical monuments, beautiful gardens, numerous choice of food, shopping districts, entertainment, public spaces and friendly neighborhood. Millions of tourists visit Tokyo every year and take back unforgettable experiences.
I visited the “mega-city” in the third week of February 2018. When I landed in Narita International Airport on a Sunday Morning, minus two degrees Celsius greeted me with icy cold winds. I was prepared for it as I packed accordingly after checking temperature of Tokyo beforehand. Warm cloths specially a big coat is crucial for anyone traveling to Tokyo during November to February.