I love Japan. I have been fascinated with it since I was very little. I remember in 2nd or 3rd grade, we had to write a letter to anywhere in the world for information about it and I chose Japan & got all kinds of awesome stuff from them. Since then, I still love Japan – I definitely want to go to Tokyo to see how amazing it is there, If you have never seen any images from there then you are in for a treat! The vast architecture differences there from old and new are truly refreshing and stunning – such a beautiful place.
If you don’t know anything about Tokyo then checkout the wiki link. I hope these amazing architecture & scenery images from Tokyo, Japan inspire you on your next project, or give you some awesome ideas!
Tokyo was originally a small fishing village named Edo, in what was formerly part of the old Musashi Province.
Edo was first fortified by the Edo clan, in the late twelfth century. In 1457, Ōta Dōkan built Edo Castle. In 1590, Tokugawa Ieyasu made Edo his base and when he became shogun in 1603, the town became the center of his nationwide military government. During the subsequent Edo period, Edo grew into one of the largest cities in the world with a population topping one million by the 18th century.
It became the de facto capital of Japan even while the emperor lived in Kyoto, the imperial capital. After about 263 years, the shogunate was overthrown under the banner of restoring imperial rule. In 1869, the 17-year-old Emperor Meiji moved to Edo. Tokyo was already the nation’s political and cultural center, and the emperor’s residence made it a de facto imperial capital as well, with the former Edo Castle becoming the Imperial Palace. The city of Tokyo was established, and continued to be the capital until it was abolished as a municipality in 1943 and merged with the “Metropolitan Prefecture” of Tokyo.
Central Tokyo, like Osaka, has been designed since about 1900 to be centered on major railway stations in a high-density fashion, so suburban railways were built relatively cheaply at street level and with their own right-of-way. This differs from many cities in the United States that are low-density and automobile-centric. Though expressways have been built in Tokyo, the basic design has not changed.
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