Been in Tokyo a little less than two days now. I've discovered that, so long as you're polite and have memorized a short list of greetings and polite words, you're pretty much fine. And don't forget the bowing. I've also learned that people are fairly cautious around white guys with tattoos and shaved heads. Go figure.
It's been weird seeing a bunch of examples of real-life things that I am only familiar with through drawings and wood block paintings. The shinto temple I visited yesterday and the lotus blossoms I saw on the way to it come to mind. This place really is bananas in the best way possible.
Today we're heading to Tokyo Disney. My sister and I have sort of an unhealthy love affair with the pseudo-socialist empire that is the house that Walt built, so naturally we have to see its Japanese cousin. I am quite excited.