A new country creates the same excitement as a new, unopened book - full of unread sentences waiting to be explored, the fresh smell of excitement accompanied by a tingling curiosity.
As the plane loomed over Japan, the shiny aerial view of the houses looked as if my computer's motherboard was staring back at me. The coastline was replete with ships creating designs in the water, much like a jet plane that sears the sky.
During the flight, The Japan Times provided ample fodder for entertainment. I was intrigued on reading that stealing an idol tantamounts to six years of imprisonment while a murder to three!And I couldn't help chuckling at the Japanese cartoons with tiny noses that almost looked like misplaced freckles. I looked up from the paper to the air hostess and realised how near to life it was.
Tokyo, is the city of skyrocketing skyscrapers, massive suspension bridges, huge oblong cars and tiny, spiky haired people. An intelligent guess about the people is that they would know more about origami than about the english language. With all the signboards in japanese, including the flight details in an airport, the familiar M of a McD on a street in Tokyo induces as much happiness as a 'Lecture Cancelled' sign on a blackboard.
Colourful lanterns hanging from shops, chattering school girls, foriegners like me, japanese businessmen rushing to catch the last train home, gizmo shops, shops selling pudding and fish wrapped in leaves, glass enclosed public bus stops, animal shaped mile stones - these were the many things that passed by on my aimless walk around the streets of Tokyo.
My jive with japan was a very short one - but it was a dance to remember.