Tourists aren’t all Foreign

When I first lived in Osaka, the area around the Dotonbori river was full of tourists, but they were mostly Japanese tourists. Japan has changed a lot since then, with tourist visas getting easier to get, and the significant increase in Japan's trendiness. Dotonbori, and a lot of the places like it, that once were important tourist locations for the domestic tourist, have grown to accommodate large numbers of foreign tourists. Ameya Yokocho, the shopping street near Ueno station, known for being a post-war black market, underwent a similar transition. Where once it was bustling with tourists from all over Japan, in Tokyo and looking to see the sights they'd heard a bout, it's now bustling with a much more diverse group of tourists.

And in the middle of all of that, I saw something special. One older Japanese woman, who was touristing, and taking the time to really look. You don't see a lot of that. I feel like a lot of tourists, they're they're to check things off of a list. They're there to go see the things they were told about, but they don't put in the cognitive effort to really see if it matches with what they were told, or if what they were told is only a part of the story. I feel like very few tourists go to the places that they've been told about and then open their eyes to look for themselves at what's really there. It was nice to watch her really looking at the neighborhood as she was walking.