A Minute in Tokyo, with Levi Walton

Words and photos by Levi Walton

After losing my 9-5 job a couple months ago, I went online looking for flights to Tokyo, Japan.

I’d always wanted to go, so I figured since I had nothing else to do, why not? To my surprise, I found a flight from JFK to Tokyo for $488 bucks. My cheap ass just had to take that offer. This implied a whopping 12-hour layover in Beijing, and most probably a really bad seat I wouldn’t get to pick out for myself. Stil, it was under $500 bucks.

I bought a Pentax 67 off of a Craigslist dude and off I went.

On my first night, I got drunk at a locals-only karaoke bar in Nishi-Ogikubo (shout out to Yuta for the hookup). All you can drink kind of joint—the kind old lady tending bar just kept the scotch and soda’s flowing. I passed out on top of a 7/11 bento box in my bed.

I took a cooking class, had conveyor belt sushi and saw Mount Fuji while painfully hungover. I was quiet on the train and stayed on the left side of the stairs. I got drunk three times, with three groups of people, some of who I stay in touch with.

I made friends through Instagram who let me take their portraits, which I’m so grateful for. I got to see the sunrise from Senso-Ji temple—an experience that made me a better man, cleared my skin, reverted my male pattern baldness and fixed my cracked phone screen. I petted a tiny Shiba puppy.

I ate chicken butt with a group of rather sceptical travellers. It was good and had a fatty texture—kind of like eating pork.

I went to the Robot Restaurant—an incredible experience akin to the best version of a Bushwick warehouse party. I brought back my own weight in Japanese candy (a cliché I know).

Tokyo was incredible—the people, the food, the hospitality. Can’t wait to see the rest of Japan.

To see more from Levi, head to his website or follow him on Instagram @levi___walton

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