PD Smith

Losing myself in Tokyo

11 April 2012 | cities, Japan, Kyoto, Tokyo | Post a comment

I’ve just returned after a holiday in Japan. It was my first time there. We stayed in Tokyo and Kyoto, with a few days in the mountains of Hakone. As I write, my brain keeps telling me it’s the middle of the night. I’m dog-tired but my mind is also buzzing with the sights and sounds of Japanese cities.

In the sixteenth century, Tokyo was little more than a small town. Now it’s the largest metropolis on the planet, with some 33 million people living in the metropolitan region. That’s about the same number as live in the whole of Canada.

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