There are more small things to notice here than anywhere else. People elevate their cameras on long fishing poles to get better shots in a crowd. The water container has a separate compartment so that, when you pour, the ice cubes do not spill into your drink. Or you may wonder: why did I have to order my food by paying into a vending machine? None of the faucets works in an intuitive manner for me.
I hadn’t been to Tokyo since 1992. What was once futuristic has now become retro and it has made the city more charming and ultimately more convincing.
Even with the weak dollar it isn’t that expensive here. Hotels are cheaper than in NYC — not to mention Europe — and you can eat a great meal for $10 or less if you frequent neighborhood restaurants. At the fish market world class sushi costs about as much as mediocre sushi in the American suburbs. I have also ventured into the horrors of real Japanese food, including The Creamy Sauce and Worcestershire sauce. It’s not all hamachi and gyoza, believe me.