I love Tokyo. Its unique paradoxical character which I have yet to experience anywhere else is a big reason for why it’s my favourite city in the world.
In one breath, Tokyo is a modern, futuristic city where millions of people work (hard) and play (harder). From glistening glass and steel structures scraping the skyline, to a transportation system which is eerily efficient, to a digital culture which has nearly universal acceptance and literacy by old and young – Tokyo is the most evolved of any 21st-century city.
Yet, in the same breath, Tokyo is a place where formal, button-down, traditional culture permeates everyday life. There are unspoken rules about how to do the most basic of tasks, a groupthink on what’s acceptable and unacceptable in public, and constant (and still functioning) elements of Japan’s history dotting the landscape. Tokyo may be contemporary, but it remembers where it came from.
While there is a multitude of reasons to embrace it, I have chosen 26 for this post (A to Z) on why I love Tokyo.