China was a big experience as a traveler in many ways, that I only understood when I got in Japan. Time and relaxation made me touch the moments I’ve had passed in that contrasted country (china). Japan was perfect to grab my soul and comfort again. Maybe too much. I left Shanghai sick of my throat. We all know how polluted is that city right… On my arrival to Tokyo It got worst. 3 days on the bed and 2 times on hospital. Besides the pain, I was glad to be in Japan and with friends.

Is simple to travel there, if you definitely have money. It’s a country that it’s prepared for good and sometimes luxurious tourism. It’s rare to find places without tourists, since the Japanese travel a lot inside their own country. Anyway, there is space for everyone and respect for those, like me, don’t know the culture so well. Not even on the rush-hour a Japanese will push you or treat you bad. It’s a lesson of socialization.

Here is my itinerary: Tokyo, Nikko, Kanazawa, Shirakawago, Takayama, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Hiroshima and Fukuoka. 5 weeks living in a big dream country with many sushi, friends and sketchs. This book I’ve tried something different on telling my travel journey. It looks more like a comic book and that’s what I’m searching now on my daily sketches, something more personal then sightseeing places. You will see lots of people, food and colorful pages. I don’t know exactly if it’s the right direction I should go, but I’m enjoying the exploration of the multiple ways to tell diferentes stories in one page.

Japan it’s indeed a place where every little thing has a smile and an expression of love and care. I’m absolutely in love with Japan and with the sympathy of the people.

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Luís Simões
Since 2012 I have been around the world and sketching with The World Sketching Tour project. My passion to travel, sketch and discover new places will always continue.