Another Glittering Dream

{Posted from Tokyo, Japan} Today's title was taken from a t-shirt I saw on a woman last night strolling along the Ginza.  There is a wonderful mix of sophistication and youthful style in this area of Tokyo, at least from what I saw on my brief walk to dinner last night after our arrival.  I have seen so little, and I believe I will say the exact same thing when I leave.

My Lonely Planet guide calls Tokyo a "fascinating maze-like cosmopolis", which will feel all the more "maze-like" to someone who can't read most of the signs.  But, on first glance, it is not as overwhelming as I thought it would be.  It will be challenge to communicate and find my way around because of the language barrier, but it is a city, after all, used to foreigners and a major player in the world's economy.  I know I will figure things out, and if I get lost here or there I'm not going to fall of the edge of a cliff and never be seen again.

Today will be my first full day on my own, and I'm ready to venture out.  Ready to walk among the multi-story neon signs, the 50-foot wide high definition flat screen monitors, people on bicycles weaving through the pedestrians and all the other tiny details that are unique to Tokyo. "A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it." -John Steinbeck