People of Tokyo


The people of Tokyo; man, they’re everywhere. Not just everyone, but everything is everywhere.

The men become one in the blur of their black and suits, while the women wear beige. Boys on the metro giggle while showing each other their smartphones. Girls walk in flocks with rosy cheeks and plush stuffed animals hooked onto their backpacks. It seems like one out of every four people is wearing a face mask. LCD displays light up the colorful streets of convenience stores, vending machines, and restaurant names can’t understand.

The first step to understanding Tokyo: accepting that you won’t understand.

I’ve traveled to many cosmopolitan cities around the world, and none of them feel like this. Part of that is due to the linguistic differences, and part of that is the city and its people. To a Westerner, Tokyo looks like chaos in the numerous viral videos of commuters being packed into metros and outrageous characters in Japanese game shows, but after you arrive and the initial buzz settles down, what you find is more peace and quiet than anything. What once was just chaos now is more like controlled chaos.

Check out the people of Tokyo:

People of Tokyo | Older women looking for a building

People of Tokyo | Woman walking in Shinjuku

People of Tokyo | Commuters waiting patiently for the Tokyo metro

People of Tokyo | Japanese girls outside of toy vending machines

People of Tokyo | Japanese business man on his cellphone

People of Tokyo | Quiet chaos of Shinjuku

People of Tokyo | Lawson convenience store in Tokyo

People of Tokyo | Japanese woman at a French boulangerie in Tokyo

People of Tokyo | Japanese elders

People of Tokyo | Colorful chaos of Oimachi

People of Tokyo | Beige is in style in Tokyo, clearly

People of Tokyo | Japanese boys on their way to school

People of Tokyo | Japanese woman wearing a kimono in Ueno

This is just the beginning of painting the picture of what it’s like to be a foreigner in Tokyo.

What was your experience like in Tokyo?

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  • Ťiģïst Gëtahůn

    i love you blogs.this is my first reading them, it weird and how amazing you put every word that turned into a beauitful story of truth of tokyo

  • Naomi Edie

    Loving these articles on Tokyo Damon !

  • Sierra Douglas

    Awesome blog! I lived in Okinawa, Japan for 3 years and I experienced Tokyo mainly in an airport. It was my last time in Asia before heading back to the states for good. I felt kinda sad but then an employee gave me an origami Pikachu that she made herself. Of course, all I could do was walk through the airport staring at my little Pikachu and cry. There’s something ao special about the culture and people there. There’s no place like Tokyo!