Thursday, 21 February 2013

Inside City: Tokyo, the world axis

Home to over 12 million people, Tokyo is Japan’s capital and the world’s most high tech metropolis. With a literacy rate of about 99%, it is no wonder that Tokyo is referred to as one of the top three “command centres” in the world economy, along with New York City and London.

Tokyo re-constructed itself with the latest in architectural genius after two devastating events, the Great Kanto earthquake in 1923 that left over 140 000 people dead and the bombing of the city central during World War II. Today, it boasts as being a fast pace cultured urban city with the latest in fashion and technological developments.

5 top attractions in Tokyo:
1.       The Imerial Palace East Gardens, home to the emperor of Japan and where the Edo castle resided (the military capital during the Edo period of Japanese history).

2.       The National Tokyo Museum; if you have time to visit one museum whilst in Tokyo, then this is it, the oldest museum in the city. It preserves a range of Japanese and Asian artwork and archaeological artefacts.
3.       Tsukiji Market, the largest wholesale market for fish, fruits and vegetables in central Tokyo with up to 2 000 tons of assorted marine sold daily. It runs like a well-oiled machine, despite the hustle and bustle of motorcycles, sellers and consumers.

4.       The Venus Fort shopping mall, professed as a haven for every woman. It has over 150 boutiques and restaurants that promise to cater to your every whim.

5.       For the ultimate experience in the clubs scene, visit Womb in Shibuya, Voted as one of the top nightclubs in the world by Djmag Magazine.

6.       Harajuki, a large shopping district and the fashion capital of Japan. Every Sunday, young people dress in mesh of fashion styles and spend the day in Harajuku socializing, a sight not to be missed.

And lastly, veer to the Tokyo Tower, the second-tallest artificial structure in Japan. Over 150 million people have visited the tower since its opening in 1958.


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