Sumo and Tokyo

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‘An interesting destination’
Tokyo

1. Synopsis

Tokyo is a thriving metropolis whose energy borders on maniacal, and where life moves at a well-oiled, exciting pace. Visiting Tokyo as a tourist destination is a fascinating experience unlike anything encountered in any other country. This report will give a brief history of the city, identify interesting facts and figures and recommend the best places to visit as a tourist. Supporting the writer’s personal experience will be information from Internet sites and reviews, travel guides and academic journals. All unreferenced photos are the writer’s own.

Table of Contents
Introduction4
Procedure4
3.1 History of Tokyo4
3.2 Interesting Places to Visit4
3.2.1 Sumo……………………………………………………………………………………………4
3.2.2 Themed Restaurants…………………………………………………………………….5
3.2.3 Harajuku……………………………………………………………………………………...5
3.2.4 Akihabara…………………………………………………………………………………….5 3.3 Japanese Culture and Customs……………………………………………………………………6

Conclusion…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….7 Recommendations………………………………………………………………………………………………..7 References…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….8

2. Introduction

Tokyo is the capital city of Japan, an island chain between the North Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Japan (CIA, 2010). It has a rich history, experiencing changes in governance, partial destruction during the war and periods of deep depression. Japanese culture is very strong and their traditions are still upheld today. It is important to respect and mirror these traditions when visiting the country. The uniqueness of mixing tradition with the fast-paced technological culture makes Tokyo a fascinating city to visit. 3. Procedure

3.1 History of Tokyo

In 1603 Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu made Tokyo (previously known as ‘Edo’) his base after unifying the warring states of Japan. This saw the beginning of Tokyo’s rise to importance. 1869 saw the Shogunate overthrown by the cause of restoring the imperial rule. The young figurehead Emperor Meiji moved to Tokyo, therefore making it the de facto imperial capital, adding to its previous status as the political, economical and cultural centre of Japan (Lonely Planet, 2010).

During WWII large areas of the city were flattened and after the war, Tokyo welcomed the chance to host the Summer Olympics in 1964 to showcase its completely rebuilt city. Tokyo was designed to be centred around a rail system which now moves over 6 million passengers per day (Company Outline, 2010). Tokyo Metro is now the busiest metropolitan rail system in the world (Tokyo History, 2008) accommodating for the city’s growing population. 1990 saw the burst of an economic bubble, which sparked a major recession known as “The Lost Decade”.

Tokyo today is a hyper urban technological hub, however there are still many areas tucked away which still uphold the old traditions, making it a diverse and interesting location to visit (Lonely Planet, 2010).

3.2 Interesting Places to Visit

3.2.1 Sumo is Japan’s oldest organised sport, dating back to before Japan started keeping historical records (Greenaway, 2010). Today, Sumo is still immensely popular among young and old fans alike. Tourist writer Chris Greenaway observes: “Time seems to stop in Japan when the major tournaments are going on.” Any tourist can attend Sumo matches and tournaments, with tickets being fairly reasonable. Sumo is an entertaining way to enjoy the traditional Japanese culture while still experiencing some amusement.

3.2.2 Tokyo outnumbers both New York and London in the number of eateries available (Truitt, 2008). However for a truly unforgettable experience with children, on a date or just dining with friends a themed restaurant is a great place to go (Personal Communication, 2010). These restaurants take the childish abandon of places such as Disneyland to a new level, for example ‘Lock-Up’ seats diners in cells placed in narrow hallways, served by waiters in black and...
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