Tokyo then and now

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I hate to say that, but I must. When I arrived in Japan over 20 years ago, I was very disappointed with the look of Tokyo. Not only was it really ugly, ugliness grew forever. While waiting for the exotic Far East, temples and wooden structures with pointed roofs, cobblestone alleys with people pulling carts of mysterious items, what I found were miles upon miles of monotonous, flagged concrete buildings. Buildings that would be better suited as parking garages than offices and apartments. Along with the buildings were huge avenues and cars; cars and motorbikes in the millions. And people, of course, so many people that you had to dodge from here to there. Still, it was very different from Missouri, where I was born and raised.

But Tokyo has since changed in almost every way I can imagine. For one thing, the crowds really came together. Somehow, inexplicably, navigational rules have emerged, making the passage from here to there a relatively painless experience, although you feel like sardines in a tremendous school of fish. But most notable is the sky; gigantic skyscraper projects have been carried out in the last twenty years. Appearing in every city center, modern, attractive buildings sprang up overnight, lending drama and excitement to what used to be a barren desert of concrete buildings. And the building goes on. It's not Manhattan, but Tokyo now competes with the best cities in Asia.

The transportation system is amazing. Buses, trains, bullet trains, subways. Anything you can ask for, Tokyo has it. The subway system, for example, runs through Tokyo in a matter of minutes. Trains branch to cities throughout Japan. Uyeno Station is one of the major train and subway centers. It has platforms on 6 levels, with trains spread all over Japan. Hundreds of thousands of people go there every day.

In short, Tokyo has greatly improved over the last twenty years and is a very nice place to live compared to what it once was. It is more educated, more international and more talented. Tokyo is smarter. More sophisticated and much more fun to visit. Just think what it will be like 20 years from now.

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Source by Dinah Jackson