The First Few Weeks

My first few weeks in Japan have been full of contrasts: architectural, environmental, emotional, commercial. On the train from Kansai International Airport upon my arrival in Japan, in a desperate fight against jetlag, I turned my attention to the Osaka skyline. Modern, metallic buildings full of gyms, malls, and offices shattered the low-lying fabric of more traditional homes interspersed with rice paddies and family gardens. This incongruity seems to be noted by most people visiting Japan for the first time. Upon closer reflection, is not too unlike the contrast between the pre-revolutionary war era and modern architecture in a city I am much more acquainted with: Boston. That said, the unfamiliarity of the architecture made the juxtaposition much more apparent to me.

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