A few blogs back, writing about Tokyo, the most interesting city in the world, I mentioned that Tel Aviv is the second most interesting city. Naturally I was asked 'why?'
Both cities reflect their larger society, so one has to realize that Japanese are clean, meticulous, honest, much smarter than nearly every other society, have a wild, original and deep esthetic history. A great commercial people. Their food is also imaginative and extraordinary.
Israelis are honest, in fact candid is a better word, much smarter than nearly every other society, commercial and creative to a greater extent than any other people on the planet and friendly.
In both places, every visit will be rewarded with artistic, commercial, technical and institutional novelty. These societies are bubbling with creativity, more so than anywhere else, and more so in Israel.
Most importantly, I have always been able to find and talk to every person of interest to me. The social networks will deliver the person I want to meet, whether governor or cheese maker. In Israel, everyone can get a meeting for me with one phone call. You can sit in a coffee shop and always find an interesting person to talk with...freely.
Both cities have a permanent party underway, 24 hours a day. When I was younger I got into it just the way you get on a circulating tour bus or a cable car. Get in, ride for a few days. Get off. Israel is less age conscious in this 24 hour party. Tel Aviv has great beaches.
How could I ignore the fun and excitement of Tokyo and Israel. How can you?