Having watched Parts Unknown to completion (and now starting over again) it’s clear to see Bourdain’s fascination with Japan. The fact that Tokyo would be his number one choice for being exiled to makes a lot more sense in retrospect.
Place has a real effect on who we are. As I wrap up my time in Europe (while this tiny little island still counts as Europe that is), I’m struck by how I’ve responded to the rhythms of my current locale. I wouldn’t say London in particular has had the lasting effect that Tokyo has on Bourdain, but there has, undoubtably, been a shift. I am forever tied to this place. It’s mannerisms carved into my bones.