Greetings from Japan! I am writing this from the comfort of a toasty warm living room in Tokyo! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas: mine was spent having a more 'traditional' Christmas lunch/day a whole day early on Christmas eve (where we pulled crackers, opened presents, ate way too much delicious food etc), before Kim and I took off on a sleeper train to get out to the fresh air of Sapa (North-West Vietnam) for actual Christmas day.
Aaaaannnd, now I'm in TOKYO! I could not be more excited. So far so good: we kicked things off by heading straight to a karaoke joint when we arrived the other night (yep, before even checking in to our accommodation). From then onwards it's been: exploring on foot, Family mart trips for the most amazing food/snacks/drinks, sake and tofu bars, amazingly kind and generous new friends, and a brisk/cold early morning run (SO nice to actually run in the cold again!). First impressions of Tokyo: it is a very clean, friendly, and polite city. The air feels fresh and no one tries to ride over you on the pavement. It is a welcome change from Hanoi, as much as I've loved my time in Vietnam so far.
Stay tuned - oh so much more Tokyo to check out over the next 3 days! Today is some kind of Hello Kitty Land (ahem), and hopefully more karaoke and sake tonight. Because, why not?! When in Tokyo....