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The Capital of Japan.
Tokyo is the city of contrasts, old and the new all in one breath. Tokyo is a city that you never stop discovering and it is one of my favorite places in this planet. For its variable dynamism and for the contemporary art scene. You cannot stop discovering a city like this, the rate of changes is so high, that in the space of a few years, you almost no longer recognize it. Certainly there are centuries-old cultural landmarks, but in modern Tokyo everything is temporary, ephemeral. From a geographical point of view, the capital of Japan contains more than 15 million inhabitants. It is located more or less in the center of the island overlooking its eastern coast, around just 41 meters above sea level. Generally the main economy is based mostly on tourism and industry. On the other hand her older sister that is still the cultural capital of Japan, Kyoto.


The original name of Tokyo was Edo, the etymology of the term is "estuary". Edo was the seat of the Tokugawa generals (Shoguns) until the return of the imperial system. But under the Pax Tokugawa (during the Edo period 1603-1868) a real castle existed in the area where the imperial palace is currently located.

Among the most famous places we can mention Shinjyuku, the area known mainly for the Meiji shrine and the Harajyuku district, home to the global phenomenon called "cosplay", then we have Shibuya famous for the largest road intersection in the world (or so they say) and the famous dog who is known all around the world thanks to his compassion and sweetness, Hachiko. Then there is Asakusa with the mythical sanctuary dedicated to the goddess Kannon the Senso-ji and its entrance Kaminari-mon, the Roppongi area, or the district of elegant shopping centers and and international nightlife. It is also worth mention the Hakihabara neighborhood, a small paradise for lovers of electronics and manga.
That being said, Tokyo of course is not just this realities, but so much more..

© Photo Luca Facchini

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