Posted by Sydney
Tokyo is a beautiful city with very helpful, kind people. I’ve found that whenever we have needed help in any way, the people have gone out of their way to help us. It is incredibly clean the there are trees everywhere – I can only imagine how beautiful it would be during cherry blossom festival time!
It was touching to be at the famous Senso-ji temple and see among all the visitors and souvenir booths, there were those who were there to worship and find ways to be a better person. The fish market was unlike anything I have ever seen or experienced. There was a kind gentleman who offered to take us in with him while he filled his order. It was neat because we got to see it when there were no other tourists inside. People cleaning, packing, & cutting up fish – HUGE fish unlike anything I have ever seen! There were a lot of older men and women, who you could tell have been doing this for a long time. We have eaten a lot of that tuna, raw, and it is delicious!
We also found time to see the Bank of Japan, the Stock Exchange, and the Imperial Gardens (a HUGE green space right in the middle of the busy city where the Emperor lives).
It has been especially fun to see our kids appreciate a new culture and I have thought many times how Heavenly Father truly does love His children all over the world. We were here already when we heard of Elder L. Tom Perry passing away. As we watched a video on lds.org, it was touching for our family to be in Japan where he served as a Marine and helped rebuild Christian churches as a young man.