I'm not the kind that likes big cities. I love Paris and Berlin, sure, but there are european "big" cities. Which means you somehow, always find places to feel at peace, little neighbourhoods that remind you of villages, and there's no real skyscrapers or scenery like you could find in Tokyo, New York or Shanghaï for example. Let's take New York . Everyone's going crazy about the city, but I have no desire at all to go there. I just don't like it, it's not even interesting to me. But Tokyo. Ah, I loved Tokyo.
I couldn't really explain why, but I found everything so pretty in Tokyo. Even the very unaesthetic things, like the electric lines or the railway lines were beautiful to me. I could see a beautiful picture everywhere I landed my eyes. I even came to like the lights, the giant buildings, the overwhelming amount of people, the malls and the big long roads.
If it were just about how beautiful and cinematic the city is, it wouldn't feel true, authentic enough to me. But Tokyo also has this very deep, spiritual, cultural vibe to it. Despite the city being very modern, it's really easy to find places, buildings, stores, gardens ... that remind you of the ancient Japan.
The city is clean, convenient, big but not cold, clear&light but not empty...
I really miss it. I wanted to come back to Japan this April, but I won't be able to do so, I have way too much work to be done, and exams are just around the corner. However, I'm really hoping to discover the city this autumn. It must be so diferent, from the spring Tokyo that I met last year.
Is there a place that you really miss ? Or would go back to in an heartbeat?