Via Boing Boing: "Flickr user /\ltus has posted a stunning "high dynamic range" photo of the Tokyo skyline. HDR photos merge several shots at different exposures to create a hyperreal color that has to be seen to be believed. Be sure to view at full-size for maximum effect."
I felt a bit intimidated by the absolute enormity* of Tokyo when I first arrived. How the hell was I going to forge a life for myself? My cunning plan to leave all that was near and dear to me and live in Japan suddenly seemed to be rather foolish and rash. I didn't know anything about Japan - heck, I could hardly place it on a map before I got here - and couldn't (er, and still can't) speak Japanese. I didn't have a job lined up.
I've never been a 'planner' and have always thought that a quick decision is a good one. Oh, I have come to rue that philosophy on many occasions. Although I have not yet worked out what I want from life, I never imagined that leaving Australia again would be part of it - I thought I would be more settled (a concept that generally motivates me to start packing) at this stage of my life.
Still, things work out in the end. They always do. Twenty-one months later and I don't want to be anywhere else**. The recent interview for the London job made me realise this. I thought I wanted to live in the UK and that Japan was merely a stepping stone to getting there - and perhaps in the long run it will be - but my time here is not yet complete.
The memory of seeing Shinjuku and Shibuya for the first time stays with me. The palpable energy and pulse of the city was exciting and I had that feeling you get when you're a foreigner in a very foreign land: anything is possible. Even now, not a day has gone by without thinking with some surprise, 'Feck, I'm living in Tokyo!'
I've been meaning to take some photos from the top of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku so you could see the sheer size of the city. Perhaps I still will, although my photos will look like old faded photocopies taken from an overdue library book compared to these amazing shots.
* Ha, and friends at home scoff at me for always getting lost.
**Don't think for a minute that this precludes any future whinging about living in Tokyo or Japan in general. It doesn't.