"TOKYO" Top 5 Page for this destination Tokyo-to by Onedragon

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FASCINATING CITY

THE JOYS OF A CITY WITH SO MUCH TO OFFER IN CULTURE AND INVENTIVE IDEAS AND FUTURE EXPLORATIONS INTO THE FASHION WORLD AND ARTS Tokyo's rise to importance can be largely attributed to two men: Tokugawa Ieyasu and Emperor Meiji. In 1603, after unifying the warring states of Japan, Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu made Edo (now Tokyo) his base. As a result, the city developed rapidly and grew to become 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 figurehead 17-year-old Emperor Meiji moved to Edo, which was renamed "Tokyo" ("Eastern Capital") the year before. Tokyo was already
the nation's political, economic, 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.

A FACE OF IT'S OWN

A PLACE THAT SEEMS TO SHOW SO MUCH %vb GUSTO FOR WORK AND YET A CITY SO TIRED FROM IT.........

ON THE EDGE

TOKYO IS EXPERIENCING SO MANY THINGS THAT SEEM TO PLAGUE ALSO THE OTHER COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD......IT HAS IT'S JOYS BUT ALSO MANY SORROWS LIKE ITS' FELLOW COUNTRIES..

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:FABULOUS
  • Cons:WEARY IN SLEEPLESS MOTION
  • In a nutshell:A PLACE TO EXPERIENCE !!!!
  • Last visit to Tokyo-to: May 2007
  • Intro Updated May 18, 2007
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  • Karin1S's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2010 at 2:34 AM

    Great tips! Thank you - i'm looking forward to my trip to Tokyo next Week Greeting from Berlin Karin

  • Onedragon's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    The Karaoke was Super ..We left at 5 in the morning ..

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2009 at 7:42 AM

    Great "colorful" tips...like the way you change the color of letters, hehehe....Hope I'll see Tokyo someday--- I wan to sing karaoke, hehehe, Norman :)

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jul 27, 2008 at 9:33 AM

    Hi Eli, I enjoyed reading your enthusiastic tips on Tokyo. It sounds like a really vibrant place! Last year the Music Museum in Paris had a fine exhibition on John Lennon in the 1970s, but I didn't know there was a whole museum about him in Tokyo.

  • dancinbudgie's Profile Photo
    Apr 14, 2008 at 10:29 PM

    Hi Eli! Love your Tokyo pages! It's clear that you LOVE Tokyo! Cheers, Tracey.

  • unaS's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2008 at 2:52 AM

    Thanks for visiting my pages and the ranking. Loved your Japan pages. Agree absolutely about the food!

  • trvlrtom's Profile Photo
    Mar 19, 2008 at 8:29 AM

    Thanks for your help as I plan my Tokyo trip! Tom

  • PolinaS's Profile Photo
    Nov 4, 2007 at 12:10 PM

    Hi Eli, this sport tip makes a big laugh :))

  • Oct 21, 2007 at 9:41 PM

    Apart from the cheesy band, everything else was OK! Kentos, go ahead! Grayhounds suck!

  • Tokyobase's Profile Photo
    Oct 19, 2007 at 1:43 AM

    A detail and interesting catch.. seems like you enjoy CC lemon very much. Thank for sharing your page.

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