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About Tokyo

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Intercultural Consultant & Tokyo Specialist

Imagine a city where everyone is extremely polite and everyone gives top quality service. There is no trash (anywhere) and there is no such thing as a 'bad' neighborhood. Every type of cuisine can be found, and only top quality food is served - even at the tiniest backstreet stall. A city with a fascinating balance between tradition and modernity. That city is Tokyo.

In 1603, when Tokugawa Ieyasu became the shogun of Japan, he chose 'Edo' (the former name of Tokyo) as the location for his castle. During the 260 year reign of the Tokugawa family, Tokyo became Japan's center of politics and culture. During the Meiji Restoration in 1868, the Emperor moved to Tokyo and its role as Japan's most important city was solidified. Although physically destroyed twice in the early 1900's, Tokyo rose again, like a phoenix, to become a city that has something to offer everyone.

Visit Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, or wander the back alleys of Yanesen to experience old 'Edo'. Witness the youth of Tokyo in their finest while exploring Harajuku and Shibuya. Experience some of the best art collections in the world in Ueno, or shop a former black market in nearby Ameyoko. Take a cruise down the Sumida River to Odaiba, an island devoted to entertainment. Purchase the world's newest electronic offerings in Akihabara before dancing the night away in Roppongi. Watch Kabuki in well-heeled Ginza, or student productions in hip Shimokitazawa. Then, taste the freshest sushi in Tsukiji, cheer giant sumo wrestlers in Ryogoku, and rocket to the top of the highest tower in the world, the new Tokyo Sky Tree!

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