We’ve all thought about it: what is the number one place you want to visit in your life? World traveler Chris Guillebeau took that question one step further and come up with an interesting and fun exercise to get you there.
The rules? 1) You only get one place. 2) It has to be somewhere you haven’t been yet. Pretty simple right?
My one place is Tokyo, Japan.
Now here’s where it gets interesting: you have a deadline of 3 years to get to your one place.
For myself, I have decided that I will make it to Tokyo by the summer of 2013, or within two years. That is still a pretty generous timeline though, and I would like to make it there much sooner. This is one goal I will be chronicling the progress of on this blog.
Why Tokyo? For me it is a combination of things that make the city so attractive to me. I have always had a fascination with big cities like New York already, and the neon and futuristic look of certain parts of Tokyo just make me want to be there and explore. I have also had an interest in Japan and Japanese culture for a while now. Originally, it stemmed from my interest in gaming and anime, but more recently I have learned more about the actual culture and general life in Japan, and almost everything about it has been appealing to me. Perhaps it is because it is so different from what I know in the United States but I know I want to experience it, even if it is hard to articulate why.
Once you have chosen where you want to go, do something to help you get there today. Read a book, research your place, or start budgeting your money. In my case, I have already read a lot of resources on Japan and even about finding work to stay long-term if I chose to. I will begin learning Japanese before the end of the year.
As noted by Chris, you can get to almost anywhere in the world saving only $2 a day (or less). Money is not what holds us back from goals like this, but actually making the decision to go and actually following through.
I have never been outside of the United States, and earlier this year I wanted to change that. I planned a trip to Australia, got my passport, and even booked my flight. Unfortunately the trip still managed to fall through, but taking the plunge and hitting “purchase” on what would have been the biggest purchase I’ve ever made (college loans notwithstanding) was definitely the hard part.
Your turn. What is your one place and how are you planning to get there?
6 thoughts on “My One Place: Tokyo, Japan”
You fucking have my axe, my friend. Ping me if you help with learning Japanese.
@Sabretooth Ha ha I think you are the only person I know who has seen the new site! I haven’t publicized it while it’s being worked on. For example adding comment replies.
Thanks for the support. I am thinking of getting this software: http://amzn.to/nl74C7 Much better reviews than Rosetta Stone and very affordable.
I’ve had the site on my Google Reader for years now, so yeah. 😀
The package looks good to me, a real bargain at $25. If you need free sources, there’s Tae Kim’s excellent guide:
Learning the kanji’s a pain though. I recommend using a combination of Remembering the Kanji: http://amzn.com/4889960759 and Anki.
Actually, just read the site I used as template to start learning the language :p
I’m not a cultural anthropologist, but Tokyo itself has not really been directly affected by cultural diffusion (except perhaps by Commodore Perry, see below, although it still affected the country as a whole). Japan as a was affected initially by China and then Korea.
It is a wonderful city and also famous all over the world.It is the well developed country and many peoples from the world going to see it.