Tokyo Skyline © tetedelart1855
The modern capital city of Japan, Tokyo could be
described as too good to be true. People dress in the latest
fashions and experiment with the latest technologies, excellent
restaurants serve up delicious food of all varieties, and the
trendiest nightclubs keep going throughout the night.
The public transport system is punctual and one of
the most efficient in the world; and shops and vending machines
provide necessities and luxuries both day and night. All this is
achieved in a city that is home to more than 13 million people,
amid the confusion of bumper-to-bumper traffic, flickering neon
signs, and a crush of humanity packing subways and sidewalks.
Amidst the hurly-burly, Tokyo remarkably remains
one of the world's safest cities with a low crime rate and local
people who are generally only too willing to spare the time and
effort to assist a stranger.
With such a dense population, Tokyo is an urban
maze of buildings that jostle for space in an unplanned jumble of
grey concrete, which makes parts of it drab. The city fills a huge
area that seems to go on forever, with no specific city centre, but
rather a succession of districts grouped together. In the back
streets, where timber houses line narrow lanes, there are reminders
that this is exotic Japan: kimono-clad women prune bonsai trees and
colourful neighbourhood festivals take place.
The city is an exuberant experience for visitors.
It is home to many museums and is the largest repository of
Japanese art in the world. Then, of course, it would take forever
to exhaust the shopping possibilities in this megalopolis.
The more one explores Tokyo, the more it becomes
obvious that one cannot judge a book by its cover. Inside the
modern buildings the cultural life of Japan is very much alive and
well. Interiors reflect the tranquil minimalist Asian style and
taste of Japan.
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