I have arrived in Japan! Apart from my butt which is freezing and about to fall off I am absolutely loving it here so far.
I'm staying with a delightful Japanese fellow I met through Couchsurfing (more to come on my first Couchsurfing experience!) who lives in Yokohama, which is situated just outside of Tokyo. On my first day here my Couchsurfing host was kind enough to show me his city. Before coming to Japan I didn't think I'd be able to turn around without bumping into someone (336 people per square kilometer here!) but I was pleasantly surprised by Yokohama's lack of crowds and tourists. Its calm atmosphere combined with its prime waterfront location, plus the fact that it's less than an hour from central Tokyo, had me quite taken. It actually reminded me a little of Vancouver, and it was comforting to see a place that reminded me of home.
|Seeing outdoor rinks always makes me incredibly happy.|
|A little one excited to go skating!|
|Coolest pier I've ever seen!|
|View of Yokohama from the Landmark Tower|
|A museum all about instant noodles. Amazing.|
|Kicking some snow|