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‘TEL AVIV AND TOKYO HAVE BLOWN MY MIND’

BY ROHIT SHARMA

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THE MARRIAGE OF TRADITION AND MODERNITY IN TEL AVIV
Tel Aviv has to be one of the most fascinating cities I have ever seen. I was intrigued by how the Jewish people have retained age-old traditions, while still embracing modernity and innovation. They are an extremely close knit community and are quite protective of each other. Perhaps this also has to do with the fact that Tel Aviv has traditionally been a region of conflict. There is a palpable pride and aggression in their nature; yet they offer much warmth and hospitality at the same time. I don’t think I have encountered a culture like this ever before. The city also enthralls you with its rich history, culture and religion. After all, this is the place held in reverence by three major world religions. While the entire city reflects that sanctity and history, the one thing I didn’t expect was their amazing night life. The night life in Tel Aviv is as good as it gets!
There is one street in particular called Allenby, which is filled with music, night clubs, pubs and restaurants, bustling every night. The same street transforms into a quiet one in the morning, as people grab some breakfast and head home after a night of partying. On my trips to Tel Aviv, I also try to visit the old city of Jerusalem, which is always so serene and peaceful, saturated as it is in history and culture.

OF FISH MARKETS AND SUSHI IN TOKYO
Of all the major cities in the world, Tokyo is by far the best I have seen. It has an excellent infrastructure and a great public transport network. I have never seen a more complicated, yet simple metro anywhere else. Everything is so efficient and runs like clockwork in Tokyo. Much like the Jewish people, the Japanese too are wonderful – they are diligent and meticulous in everything they do. One of my favourite things about Tokyo is the food. There is this upmarket place called Ginza, where you can eat some of the best sushi. The restaurants in Ginza are top quality and the food is second to none. Another fascinating thing about Tokyo is their fish market in Tsukiji, perhaps the biggest fish market in the world. If you go there at dawn, you will find thousands of people - especially tourists, in that region. It’s an incredible scene, one most tourists wouldn’t want to miss.

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