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Old June 11th, 2010, 03:59 AM   #21
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Interesting. Tokyo is one of the most densest cities in the world. I complain about Toronto but it seems a world from Tokyo. I've always wondered what makes people live in such seemingly uncomfortable, densely populated cities?
I used to have that idea of Tokyo as well, you know, very cramped city, people living on top of each other and all that, but in Tokyo, or at least what I have seen in the pictures, everything is built making the most of the space available and making sure everything is done in a very practical matter, very livable yet not wasteful......say like 100,000 square foot mansion for 1 person in the US......
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Old June 11th, 2010, 05:25 AM   #22
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It's really nice to see another side of Japan - the 'suburban' areas. Thanks so much for these Nihon (:
Actually this is not suburban Tokyo. Suginami is part of the 23 wards of Tokyo and in fact the center of population of Tokyo is in Suginami
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Interesting. Tokyo is one of the most densest cities in the world. I complain about Toronto but it seems a world from Tokyo. I've always wondered what makes people live in such seemingly uncomfortable, densely populated cities?
I don't know about other cities but for Tokyo: Don't need to own a car...at all. It has the best transportation system in the world, tons of parks, restaurants stores etc all within walking distance. On top of that basically no crime, streets are clean, and according to Michelin guide it's the food capital of the world. . One thing is for sure though, Tokyo is not for everyone.
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Old June 11th, 2010, 05:34 AM   #23
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Shibuya 109 is a building dedicated entirely to girls fasion. It's famous for Gyarus (which I sort of am but not really).























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Old June 11th, 2010, 05:39 AM   #24
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Old June 11th, 2010, 05:43 AM   #25
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Old June 11th, 2010, 05:44 AM   #26
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Old June 11th, 2010, 07:10 PM   #27
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Old June 11th, 2010, 07:15 PM   #28
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Old June 11th, 2010, 08:14 PM   #29
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Old June 11th, 2010, 08:34 PM   #30
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thank you, NihonKitty, for your pictures! They are showing me the face of Tokyo, which I dont know - its wonderful city!
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Old June 11th, 2010, 08:50 PM   #31
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Those areas like Shibuya and Shinjuku are crazyy!! Wow I really want to go to Tokyo

By the way, seeing as it's so densely populated in Tokyo, why isn't there as many tall buildings? My mom is from Hong Kong and basically everyone lives in apartments in very tall high rise buildings. How come it's not like this in Tokyo? Or do Japanese people prefer to live in houses or something?
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Old June 11th, 2010, 10:13 PM   #32
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Japanese like houses, but also Tokyo does have many highrises but they are all spread out randomly so it doesn't look as impressive as other cities. With that being said this thread is just getting started, I haven't really posted any skyscrapers yet, but actually this thread will be more focused at street level though. I do have some skyline pictures though... My thread from last year is more skyline oriented (it's in the link in my signature). Or check out this post I made it's all Tokyo skyline pictures: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=4585

Also Hong Kong is on the water with mountains behind. The Kanto plain (42 million people) where Tokyo is, is generally flat.

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Old June 11th, 2010, 10:31 PM   #33
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Very cozy neighborhoods on the first page! I could imagine living there; walking around the narrow streets making my way to the train station to get to Central Tokyo.

Excellent job Nihonkitty! Tokyo is my dream city for sure. I've been longing to go there for the past couple of years, and I will surely make it there soon! The biggest drawback is that I don't live in a Japanese city. I bet a trip wouldn't be enough to satiate my interest and envy.
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Old June 11th, 2010, 10:47 PM   #34
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I still have another entire thread . First the Tokyo metropolitan area (Tokyo 23 wards, a little bit of the cities outside of the 23 wards, Yokohama and Kamakura). Next up is the #2 metro in Japan "Keihanshin". Most of those pictures will be Kobe, but also Osaka, Himeji and Nara.

Also what do you mean by central Tokyo? . Tokyo is very different than american cities that have a downtown (center) and suburbs. Tokyo has many "downtowns" in it like, Tokyo station area, Ikebukuro, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Roppongi, Ginza etc. As I mentioned before the houses in the first page are actually in the center of population of Tokyo (though suginami ward is the western ward of the 23 wards, by "tokyo" they mean the entire metro and not just the 23 wards). The closest "downtown" to those houses though is Shinjuku, just need to take Chuo line to Shinjuku in a few minutes. From Shinjuku station (busiest station in the world), you can take the Yamanote line to most of the main districts of Tokyo.

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Here is a "city" outside the 23 wards of "Tokyo" (though basically the entire Tokyo metro is one giant interconnected city).

This is Mitaka I went to see the Ghibli museum in Mitaka which is inside the Inokashira Park . Studio Ghibili has made wonderful anime movies like: Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Totoro, Kiki's Delivery service etc.

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Last post on Mitaka, tomorrow I will show you another of Tokyo's "centers" this time: Roppongi







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That museum looks really cool
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