Sitting above Tokyo Station, Marunouchi is generally known as the financial district of Tokyo, with major banks and the Tokyo Stock Exchange situated in the area. However, the name Marunouchi literally means “inside the circle” and refers to the outer moat of the nearby Imperial Palace
A City Within itself
Roppongi Hills will always be remembered as the first of Tokyo’s grand scale mixed-use developments of the new millenium. Its concept of “city within a city” made it the flagship for Mori Building’s cutting edge urban design and architecture.
The “mega development” of 2007 definitely goes to Tokyo Midtown Project – Mitsui Fudosan Corporation’s answer to Mori Building’s Roppongi Hills. Opened right in the middle of the bustling Roppongi district in 2007
In contrast to most train stations throughout modern Japan, Tokyo Station is somewhat of an anomaly, having evolved into far more than a transportation hub since its construction nearly a century ago.
Representatives of Railway Operator Tokyu announced that “Tokyu Toyoko-line” and “Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin-Line” are starting a direct link from 16th of March, 2013.
This underground construction project will improve the access between Yokohama and Shibuya.
Previously, many transfers were required to travel from Motomachi Chukagai to Shinrinkoen and from Motomachi Chukagai to Hannou. With the new train system, it will be easier access to go from Motomachi Chukagai to Shinrinkoen and from Motomachi Chukagai to Hannou as seen in the image below. This will be more convenient for the commuters as it will reduce the commute time and cost.
|①||Yokohama station||⇔||Shinjuku 3 Chome station|
|Previous System||52min 420JPY|
|New Train System||32min 420JPY|
|②||Musashikosugi station||⇔||Ikebukuro station|
|Previous System||35min 380JPY|
|New Train System||25min 380JPY|
|③||Jiyugaoka station||⇔||Kawagoe station|
|Previous System||72min 760JPY|
|New Train System||60min 720JPY|
|④||Jiyugaoka station||⇔||Tokorozawa station|
|Previous System||68min 670JPY|
|New Train System||52min 670JPY|
A series of articles about the current and future city development of Tokyo. The first article is about Tokyo Sky Tree and the Sumida-ku area.
Earthquakes happen from time to time in Japan. As a result the building codes are very stringent and the buildings some of the safest in the world.
A few days back I pointed out that Narita Airport is still pretty darn far away despite improvements like the Narita Sky Express. Of course Tokyo is lucky to have an alternative airport in Haneda, even if it doesn’t do International flights all that often.
Their new International Terminal is set to open in October and a few lucky visitors managed to get a sneak peek
Tokyo Sky Tree, set to be completed in 2011, has already claimed the title as Japan’s tallest building. This is no small architectural feat. From a layman’s point of view, one of the first things that comes to mind is the dangers of erecting such a tall structure in an location prone to so much seismic activity.
As the population of Japan sees itself faced with an aging crisis, many are starting to realize that old traditions are also in danger of being lost. I was pleased to see that one blogger has taken it upon herself to do something about it, by blogging in English and telling the world about kimono culture in Japan.
I have to admit that the amount of Tokyo time-lapse videos floating around on the internet on sites like Vimeo can be overwhelming at times. Most of these videos seem to follow a similar formula — shoot a video of Tokyo, speed it up, add a Radiohead soundtrack, and upload to Vimeo. Easy right?
But here’s one video that stands out among all the others. At least, it stands out to me.
There are a number of ways that you can attack the problem of starting your own business in Japan. A few resources online include:
- JETRO’s How to set up a business in Japan
- Nagoya International Center’s outline of setting up a business
- wa-pedia’s Setting up a business in Japan
- Danny Choo’s explanation of sole proprietorship
- Japan Guide on sole proprietorship
But by far one of the most thorough explanations is one recently posted by Michael Werneburg, describing in great detail how he launched the online business that he currently operates. Here’s a short excerpt:
In the interests of getting your Japanese up to speed both before and after your arrival, studying up on your nihongo by listening to as much Japanese as you can is certainly a big help. Japanese TV is always a smart idea, but if you’re not in Japan yet you can always try radio. And to that end, we’re going to list out a few of our favorite online Japanese radio resources.
Photography in Japan
As one of the most photogenic cities on the planet, Tokyo is not a place that you want to be without a camera. Evening photography in Tokyo can be particularly stunning in the core of the city, with its bustling nightlife and towers of neon.
Tucked in behind Mori Tower and the Asahi TV building, the rich greenery of Mohri Garden brings a certain calmness to Roppongi Hills. This classic Japanese garden only covers around 4,300 square meters
Komazawa Olympic Park began as the site of the second stadium for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. So it was originally designed and built as a venue for sports such as track & field, soccer, wrestling and volleyball
Shiba Park is best known for its proximity to Zoujyoji Temple and as one of Tokyo’s original westernized parks from the Meiji Restoration. During the Edo period, the park was one large block and home to
One of the most intimidating things about coming to Japan’s capital city is trying to learn the intricate maze that makes up the Tokyo train system. Even if you get a good grasp of your local area and the surrounding
Arisugawa-no-miya Memorial Park (more commonly referred to as Arisugawa Park) is perhaps the most popular expat park in central Tokyo. It is a great little getaway nestled into a large city block in Azabu
Travelers to Tokyo are often surprised by how hard it is to find open wi-fi spots in the city. And for newcomers here who move into a new place, this can be a huge pain as well because internet service providers in Japan can be slow to get your broadband installed
A 114-year-old woman from Okinawa died just a week before her 115th birthday, according to the Associated Press. According to the piece, Okinawa might be a good place to live if longevity is your ultimate life goal
Hibiya Park is definitely one of Tokyo’s best parks as it is a large block of landscaped greenery right in the center of Tokyo – across from the imperial gardens to the north and government district of Kasumigaseki to the south.
Web Developers Wanted
Housing Japan is looking for part-time web developers in Tokyo
Dear Parents: Our Summer Soccer Camp schedule has been finalized and we’re offering our young super stars the opportunity to attend 4 different camps during the holiday period
Looking for a really cool thing to do with your summer weekend? If you like skiing or boarding I highly recommend a trip to SNOVA, the indoor snow park in Yokohama.
Last weekend we took a couple of riders from Hakuba to test out the new range of “Liberty Skis” – free style skis from Colorado new to Japan this year.
Happy Birthday Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Tower, one of the iconic symbols of Tokyo, turned 50 years old on Tuesday December 23rd.