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A River Journey from Asakusa to Hamarikyu Gardens

I am taking a tourist ferry departing from Asakusa and travelling down the river. It is a sunny day and I like getting some sea air. But it is not a sea but a river, Sumida River which connects the two sides of Tokyo through many bridges. The silhouette of the city is composed by skyscrapers. Tokyo may not have a geography or city silhouette you would admire looking up like Istanbul or Rio de Janeiro, but the things which may pique your curiosity are the details; the shops you enter, its subway transportation system, not hearing a single beep or a loud voice in a city with a population of 35 million, not coming across a single piece of rubbish, not even a cigarette but on the streets, its people who work efficiently throughout the day and filling the restaurants at night to get ready for tomorrow.