Japan has a vibrant personality which translates incredibly well in photographs, and one of the driving forces that convinced me to visit earlier this year. Japan’s uniqueness stands out in the Asian continent, which is home to an astounding 60% of the world’s population.
Japan is proud of their rich cultural heritage, and it shows everywhere you visit. The Japanese aesthetic is displayed in all aspects of life such as architecture, landscaping, fashion, and even the thought and presentation that goes into the set menu of your meal. Anthony Bourdain compared his first experience of Japan to what Eric Clapton and Pete Townsend must have felt when they first saw Jimi Hendrix play the guitar. “You hear about it. You go see it. A window opens up into a whole new thing, and you think, what does this mean? What do I have left to say? What do I do now?”
My advice? Go as quickly and as often as possible to this incredibly enchanting country.