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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.