First Day in Tokyo – Shinjuku Explorations

So I finished up the day’s walking today. Took a bunch of photos. I spent the day in Shinjuku which always seemed to offer more in the past but I never really had the time to go explore. This time, I walked down there and stopped at the National Gardens and walked through to the Shinjuku Gate. Very nice and peaceful place.

Instead of trying to share photos on WordPress, here’s the link for the album from today. I doubled back a few times to find the Yodobashi Camera Shop so I could get my microUSB cables. Having done that, I walked here and there and saw this and that. Of note, are the small shopping and food alleys which dot Shinjuku. Also a lot of drinking establishments :-).

It was a beautiful spring day out today. Clear skies and people were definitely out and about. Its so nice to be done with work. I just sat in a Starbucks with a large coffee this morning thinking about not working. I worked doing IT Program Management for over 20 years. A mix of good and bad years and good and bad employers and bosses. I’ve done projects from Hell and a few that seemed better. In the end, they all are chaos projects. Probably 90% of them all turned RED immediately which then means you have to get a “get to green” plan.

Not having all that means the whole thing has changed. Work and its issues are gone. If I decide to walk slower or take longer or not return (ever); no one is to question. I also feel honestly that I have finally ended a run at some strange years that started in 2009 when I returned from India. It took 9 years I figure to finally put an end to that chapter. Most of it was living in the SF Bay Area which was not a thing I ever wanted. Being able to pull the plug and leave finally was a rather strange thing.

Now though I have found myself and I’m in Japan :-). So tomorrow there is more exploration. I will probably get to the Ginza tomorrow and stop at a certain Lion Beer Hall and partake. I have not been there since 2010. Also will walk the streets and alleys and neighborhoods. Japan is safe to walk in and I’ve never felt fearful or concerned. There seems to be some kind of mental link for me to this place. When I get back, its like Tokyo or Kyoto asking me,

we were waiting. What took so long?

I never knew. But now I’m back. And tomorrow is another day to go see the places. Yay!