Tokyo – A Visage of the Future
Tokyo is a futuristic city that fuses next generation technology and the aesthetic of the West with traditional Japanese culture and sensibilities. The Japanese capital’s space age topography is best exemplified in the prefectures of Akihabara, Shinjuku and Shibuya where wide eyed tourists can board a subway train from inside a shopping mall, towering skyscrapers illuminate the night sky with iridescent lights and taxis with automated doors open promptly for passengers. Despite a series of fires, natural disasters and catastrophes, the city’s resilience and ability to rebuild have propelled it ahead in terms of development and expansion. Tokyo has a booming alternative subculture that manifests itself in the form of clubs, themed hotels and restaurants and shops stacked with tons of comics, fancy outfits and DVD’s. The Manga art form of comics, which was pioneered in Japan, has a great fan following in Tokyo and fans can be spotted dressed in the outfits of their favorite comic book characters. The acrylic fridge magnet portrays a montage of the city’s most emblematic images including the ancient Meiji Jingu Shrine, the monolithic Tokyo stock exchange and skyscrapers.
Interesting Facts about Tokyo
The city was originally known as Edo in the old world until it became the official capital of Japan in 1868. It has a reputation for being a city that never sleeps and is forever bustling with people and traffic. There are over 200 well-manicured gardens and parks in Tokyo, which buffer its stress and pollution levels. Being a critical financial and industrial hub, the city is also home to the Tokyo stock exchange, which is the third largest in the world. “Cosplay” is a popular role-playing trend in Tokyo where teenagers and adults alike dress up as popular comic characters. In Japanese monster movies, Godzilla can be seen destroying prominent buildings and landmarks in the city.