Japan is truly timeless, a place where ancient traditions are fused with modern life as if it were the most natural thing in the world.
I’ve lived in Tokyo for 15 years now and am continuously surprised – sometimes on a daily basis – by something new. Such is the joy of living in a place that prides itself on constant renewal and reinvention; it seriously never gets old. Over the years I have had many opportunities to introduce visiting family and friends to Japan. Seeing the awe and enchantment on their faces when first seeing Kyoto's Golden Temple or experiencing the kindness of complete strangers never fails to take me back to the moment I first arrived and was instantly smitten.
Mad, mind-boggling, and futuristic are all words that come to mind when I think of our trip to Japan. From the Zen of the temples to the crazed sounds of a pachinko parlour, Japan is king of extremes.