Tokyo feels like a city from the future, bathed in neon and awash with symbols of all things kawaii'. Fascinating, beautiful, sometimes strange. Wandering Shinjuku at night, with its futuristic sounds and child-like electronica filling the air can be pretty mind blowing and presumably what an acid-trip feels like. It’s also at odds with how Japan is often seen; as an inhibited society that works hard and keeps itself in check.
Shinjuku's red light district (Kabukicho) feels like the antidote to that and where the paradox shines brightest. An edgy, cartoon-like fantasy world, loaded with possibilities. For the hedonistic, the thrill seekers, the lonely or the bored, a place to peer down the rabbit hole and escape the real world for a while.