I have done a good job of staying alive for 30 years now and was awarded with a visit from my parents in Tokyo, not too far from Vietnam. Japan will always be close to me as the first stop of my small adventure around Asia. It introduced me to many things I am grateful to, such as the obvious stuff like meeting new friends, travel, experience cultures etc., but I also found some clear short term direction of what do to in the next upcoming years.
This was the third visit to Tokyo and the first time in almost five years. More sightseeing and exploring compared to before, even though I visited many places for a second time it still felt refreshing coming back after a long break. It was also the beginning of the Sakura season (cherry blossom) meaning the parks were filled with people having picnic and polishing their selfie sticks… including me.
What else? After being in Vietnam for quite some time now Tokyo felt very quiet, yet so crowded with people. Tokyo is also just enormous and packaged with anything you want to do (robot restaurants exists for real). Ho Chi Minh city felt very easy going during a long time, but culturally wise it falls very short to a metropolitan such as Tokyo (well, no surprise). Maybe why it feels so refreshing to travel, see something new, other perspectives, etc.
Even if all my trips have been special in their own way I was glad to have my parents to come all the way from Europe to visit one of my old host countries, and one of my very most favourite one. I could also meet up with old friends that I have not seen in very long time either (including a Japanese “home stay”).
There are obligatory photos attached for reference. This time I had bulked up with two different cameras to get the most out of the photo trip. Unfortunately the main SD card was lost. Fortunately my dad had his own equipment has been nice to share his clicks below. You can find more at gatufotografier.com.