“Ghost in the Shell” to hit the stage with a Tokyo theatre adaptation


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Similar to how some of Ghost in the Shell’s characters can slip their consciousness into new bodies, the enduring science fiction franchise has gone through many incarnations. Starting with the manga by creator Masamune Shirow, the enduring science fiction hit has been an animated theatrical feature, TV anime, and series of direct-to-video anime shorts, plus has served the basis for a handful of video games.

The franchise might even end up with a Hollywood live-action version with Scarlett Johansson playing the lead role. Before that, though, Ghost in the Shell is getting a stage adaptation scheduled to be performed in Tokyo.

Each format of Ghost in the Shell has its own tone and series of events, and the stage version will be taking its cues from Ghost in the Shell: Arise–Alternate Architecture, the updated TV broadcast version of the original video animation Ghost in the Shell: Arise,  with its focus on the circumstances leading up to the formation of Public Security Section 9, the department the series’ principal characters are eventually attached to.

Directing the stage version will be film director Shutaro Oku, who also directed plays based on the Persona 3 and 4 video games and is set to direct the stage adaptation of the Blood-C anime this summer.

Handling the script will be Junichi Fujisaku, well-versed in the world of Ghost in the Shell by virtue of serving as supervisor for Ghost in the Shell: Arise and screenwriter for Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.

The Ghost in the Shell stage show will open at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theater (Tokyo Geijutsu Gekijo in Japanese), located in the capital’s Ikebukuro neighborhood, on November 5, and is scheduled to run until November 15. Exact times and ticket prices have yet to be announced, but organizers have put out a statement that no live stream or DVD of the performance will be available, so if you’re interested in seeing the world of Ghost in the Shell come to life, clear out your calendar and head to Tokyo this fall.

Sega has created a nail-art sticker printer

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What’s the only accessory you can wear 10 of but barely notice you’re donning them at all? Yup, nail art! Japan is all about colorful, creative decoration for the fingers and its nail art can get pretty fancy. But it can also get kind of pricey. As not everyone is gifted enough in the intricate craft of nail painting to do it themselves, DIY tricks have been cropping up, but they don’t always work as well as expected.

Renowned video game developer Sega has an answer to our nail woes. They have created a machine that prints specially shaped nail art stickers, so the average Jane can decorate their nails to their heart’s content. The machine is aptly named Nail Puri, short for nail purintaa (printer). What’s even better is that there will be a free demo of the machine in Ikebukuro this coming weekend!

The Nail Puri machines are kind of similar to those for purikurabut without the photo booth. When you do purikura, you take some pictures, then decorate them with cute stamps, colored backgrounds or words. Nail Puri uses this kind of software to allow you to create the pattern, design or simple color you want on each nail. There are over 1,500 designs to choose from and each machine will be updated monthly to release trending or seasonal designs.

▼ You can choose a theme, but every nail can be different.



A second option is to use the free smartphone app created to work with the machine. You can use your phone to make your perfect design, even using real photos! Once you’re ready and in the game center, you can send the designs to the machine.

▼ This app will likely assist in procrastinating studying and work.


Once you pick or send over your designs, the machine will print them on a thin, flexible material, which you can shape to a perfect fit for your unique fingers, then… Voila! Cute nail art for just a few bucks. (We assume it won’t be outrageously expensive, but there is no word about how much the stickers will actually cost).

▼ “Happy Cute Life!”


The Nail Puri is still a work in progress, but Sega wants to do it right, so they’re asking for input from their target audience: young ladies. In order to do so, they are road-testing the machine for three days in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. Participants will not only be able to get nail stickers for free, they can also have them put on their fingers by professional nail artists, another complimentary service.

If you’re going to be hanging out in Tokyo between 10am and midnight on March 27-29, you should stop by the 6th and 7th floors of Sega GiGO game center in Ikebukuro to get your individualized nail stickers.

While we won’t know the quality of the stickers and ease of the process until the prototype is tested, this machine could potentially change the world of nail art in Japan. If it’s really good, it may even take off abroad, a goal that regular purikura never really attained. Here’s to a potential new and easy way to be fashion-forward.

Butter-flavored Kit Kats come to Japan as new specialty store opens in Hokkaido

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In the year since it opened in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro, we’ve become big fans of the Kit Kat Chocolatory, the specialty store for the chocolate-covered wafers that’re especially popular in Japan. As a matter of fact, somewhere in the course of our multiple visits to procure the latest and greatest Kit Kat flavors, we’ve forgotten what life was like before the shop opened.

But while we’re living in the land of plenty with two different Chocolatory locations in Tokyo (the second is near Tokyo Station), not all of Japan is so fortunate. Until now, only residents of Tokyo, Kyoto, and Nagoya could claim their town had its own Kit Kat paradise.

That’s about to change, though, as a new Kit Kat Chocolatory is opening soon in Hokkaido, and bringing a new flavor with it: butter.

Part of the reason Kit Kats have rocketed to popularity in Japan is the way parent company Nestle has wholeheartedly embraced the Japanese practice of making limited-edition sweets that pay tribute to local culinary traditions. As one of the few regions of Japan with ample pasture space, Hokkaido is home to a large number of the country’s dairies. That’s why when the newest Chocolatory opens March 7 in Sapporo, Hokkaido’s capital city, shoppers will be able to purchase not only more orthodox chocolate Kit Kats, but also the Chocolatory Special Butter flavor.

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The flavor was picked as the winner in a contest organized by the Tsuji Group culinary school, likely beating out other foodstuffs associated with Hokkaido such as milk, cheese, and melon (the region is also famous for its salmon and sea urchin, but we’re assuming no one was quite adventurous enough to seriously propose them as Kit Kat flavors).

The Special Butter flavor will be available in packs of 12 (seen above) for 1,200 yen (US $10.20), or in four-piece boxes (pictured below) for 400 yen.

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While the Special Butter Kit Kats will initially be sold only at the Sapporo Chocolatory, located in the Daimaru department store, they’re expected to make their way to other branches in due time. On the other hand, the Sapporo location will remain the only place where you can buy the 1,350-yen Kit Kat Chocolatory Special Sapporo Assortment, a 12-piece collection of four flavors, including Special Butter.

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Also, to celebrate the new store’s grand opening, all Chocolatory branches in Japan will once again be selling Chocolatory Special Sakura Green Tea Kit Kats, made with Uji matcha green tea, white chocolate, and edible cherry blossom leaves.

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The Sapporo Chocolatory is expected to, as always, draw large crowds, especially on opening day. If you’re hoping to get your hands on some of the buttery goodness the store is offering, we recommend getting to the Sapporo Daimaru no later than 10 a.m., when the doors open, and preferably sooner.


Shop information:
Kit Kat Chocolatory Daimaru Sappor Branch / キットカット ショコラトリー大丸札幌店
Address: Sapporo-shi, Chuo-ku, Kita 5-jo, Nishi 4-chome, 7 Banchi Daimary Sapporo basement level 1 (inside Hoppe Town section)
札幌市中央区北5条西4丁目7番地大丸札幌店B1 ほっぺタウン内
Open 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

First Kit Kat Chocolaterie shop with cafe opens in Kyoto

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Chocolate lovers around Japan were understandably thrilled when the Kit Kat Chocolatery, the world’s first Kit Kat specialty store, opened in the Seibu Ikebukuro Department Store about a year ago. Of course, we were pretty excited too, and when we visited the shop on opening day, we could see from the crowd that plenty of people felt the same way.

After a year, it seems the Kit Kat Chocolatery has been a success so far, as they’ve just opened their fourth shop in Japan, this time in Kyoto. And what’s even better, this Kit Kat Chocolatery comes with a cafe attached! Plus, they’ve released some new Chocolatery products as well, so we thought we’d share the news with all our sweets-loving readers!

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As we’ve previously reported, the Kit Kat Chocolatery features items produced by renowned pastry chef  Yasumasa Takagi, and his special creations exclusively for the Chocolatery were certain to attract attention, particularly as Kit Kats have always been popular in Japan. But just how successful has the Kit Kat Chocolatery been since its launch a year ago?

Well, according to Nestle Japan’s recent press release, the two Chocolatery shops in Tokyo (the Seibu Ikebukuro and Daimaru Tokyo stores) and the third shop in Nagoya (the Matsuzakaya Nagoya store) so far have welcomed over 400,000 customers and generated roughly 900 million yen (approx. US$7.6 million) in sales. No wonder they decided to open a fourth shop! And the historic city of Kyoto, which attracts a huge number of tourists from both within Japan and abroad, certainly seems an excellent choice of location.

As a matter of fact, Kit Kat actually already has ties with Kyoto, as one of its products, the “Kit Kat Matcha Green Tea for Grown-ups (Kit Kat Otonano Amasa Matcha),” has been designated a “PR Partner” by the Prefecture of Kyoto for promoting the Uji Matcha green tea, which Kyoto is known for.

▼Here’s an image of what the new shop in Kyoto looks like. It just recently opened on January 28 on the B1 floor of the Daimaru Kyoto Department Store.shop_daimarukyoto03

Now, as we’ve already mentioned, this is the first Chocolatery shop with an eat-in cafe, and their menu definitely sounds tempting. On offer at the cafe are: the “Kit Kat Sablé” and “Kit Kat Sablé Matcha Flavor” cookies, both baked with rich dough containing crushed Kit Kat crumbs (350 yen [US$2.96] a piece); the “Kit Kat Parfait” consisting of chocolate flavored soft serve ice cream made with chef Takagi’s original chocolate topped with Kit Kats (600 yen [$5.08]); the “Café Affogato (Affogato al Caffè) Chocolat” made with NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® Espresso poured over chef Takagi’s original soft serve chocolate ice cream (300 yen [$2.54]); and the “Café Mélange,” a beverage consisting of NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto®’s Lungo regular blend coffee topped with whipped cream (350 yen [$2.96]). Goodness, just introducing the menu makes us seriously crave sweets and coffee! And if you just want something simpler, they also have regular NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto®’s line of Lungo coffee, Espresso, Cappuccino, Tea Latte and Uji Matcha Green Tea Latte available for approximately $2 to $3.

And now, let’s take a look at the new Chocolatery items that have just recently been released.

● The “Kit Kat Chocolatery Special Kyoto Assort” (1,350 yen [$11.43]/12 pieces)16144189087_4ce9ddb61b_zThis package containing 3 pieces each of the “Strawberry Maple,” “Plum,” “Matcha Greent Tea and Kinako Soy Bean Powder” and “Ginger” flavors, comes in an original package decorated with an illustration of Kyoto’s famous five-story pagoda and is available only at the Kyoto Daimaru Store.

● The “Kit Kat x DISH Special Collaboration Kit Kat with CD” (Special Kyoto Package Version)” (600 yen [$5.08])KK 4These Kit Kats come with a CD of the tie-in song “Kit” featured in the short musical film “Your Story” which stars the four-man rock band DISH. The box has a blank space on the bottom where you can write a personalized message if you’re giving it to someone as a present. The package pictured above is a special edition box sold only at the Kyoto Daimaru store, but a regular version will be available at all Chocolatery shops from February 2.

● The “Kit Kat Chocolaterie Plum (Ume)” (400 yen [$3.39]/4 pieces)16330077725_22d2d2e4ce_zThe slightly sour flavor of plum makes a refreshing combination with the sweetness of chocolate in these KitKats. They’re currently available only at the Kyoto Daimaru store but will be sold at the rest of the Chocolatery shops too from February 2.

●The “Kit Kat Sublime White” (300 yen [$2.54]/piece)KK 3These Kit Kats made with quality white couverture chocolate are rich, yet not too sweet. They’re now available at all Chocolatery shops, but only 300 are sold each day, and each customer is limited to a purchase of three pieces.

And for your reference and enjoyment, here’s a recap of the other choco-licious items available at the Chocolatery shops:

▼The ever popular “Kit Kat Sublime Bitter” made with bitter couverture chocolate containing 66% cacao (300 yen [$2.54]/piece)KK 5 sublime_R

▼The ”Kit Kat Sublime Raspberry,” which also contains couverture chocolate with 66% cacao combined with the refreshing flavor of raspberry (300 yen [$2.54]/piece)KK 6 sublime raspberry_R

▼The “Kit Kat Chocolatery Special Ginger,” made using cream containing ginger powder (400 yen [$3.39]/4 pieces) KK 7 special Ginger_R

▼The “Kit Kat Chocolatery Special Cream Cheese,” which contains powdered cheese in between the wafers (400 yen [$3.39]/4 pieces)KK 8 Cream Cheese_R

▼The “Kit Kat Chocolatery Special Matcha Green Tea and Kinako Soy Bean Powder,” which uses quality Uji Matcha green tea (400 yen [$3.39]/4 pieces)KK 9 Matcha Kinako_R

▼The “Kit Kat Chocolatery Special Strawberry Maple“, made from white chocolate containing strawberries, with a touch of maple flavoring added (400 yen [$3.39]/4 pieces) KK 10 Strawberry Maple_R

▼The “Kit Kat Chocolaterie Special Orange Cocktail” with a refreshing orange flavor (400 yen [$3.39]/4 pieces, 1,200 yen [$10.19]/12 pieces, available only in Tokyo)KK 11 Orange Cocktail_R

Well, the folks at Nestle Japan must have a ball thinking up special Kit Kat flavors to drive chocolate lovers mad with craving. Not that we’re complaining, as long as they continue coming up with delectable looking treats for us! We can never have too many choices of chocolates, after all, can we?


[Details for Kit Kat Chocolatery Daimaru Kyoto Shop]
Business Hours: 10am to 8pm
(Closed when Daimaru Kyoto is closed)
Address: 79 Shijo Street Takakura Nishiiri Tachiurinishimachi, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi
                  Daimaru Kyoto Department Store B1 Floor
Access: 1 min from Hankyu Kyoto Line Karasuma Station
                2 min walk from Karasuma Subway Line Shijo Station
Tel: +81-75-211-8111

Celebrate Christmas with Kit Kat themed gift set and cake from the Kit Kat Chocolaterie

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Remember the Kit Kat Chocolaterie, the world’s first Kit Kat specialty store that opened in the Ikebukuro Seibu Department Store back in January this year? The shop sells limited edition Kit Kats produced by celebrity patissier Yasumasa Takagi, so it’s not surprising that huge crowds of Kit Kat fans have been making their pilgrimage to the store in search of unique Kit Kat products.

Since then, the Kit Kat bandwagon has apparently been going strong, as two more Chocolaterie shops have opened in Japan, one in the Daimaru Department Store at Tokyo Station and another at the Matsuya Department Store in Nagoya. And now, they’ve announced that they’ll be coming out with a special “Kit Kat Chocolaterie Patissier Gift” set for Christmas, and we can’t wait to see what goodies it contains. Plus, there’s even a Kit Kat inspired Christmas cake created by chef Takagi that they’re now taking orders for — who knew that Christmas could be so much fun for Kit Kat lovers?

The gift set, which contains special Kit Kat Chocolaterie products and chef Takagi’s original baked confections, is a dream collaboration for any sweets fan.

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For 4,500 yen (US$37.92), the set contains one piece each of the “Kit Kat Sublime Bitter” and “Kit Kat Sublime Raspberry“, a box of the “Kit Kat Chocolaterie Special Strawberry Maple” and also the “Kit Kat Chocolaterie Special Ginger“, plus five madeleines and four cookies from chef Takagi. A delightful added touch is that the madeleines have a whole Kit Kat baked into them, giving them a crunchy texture, and the cookies also contain crunched Kit Kat bits — they definitely aren’t your ordinary baked treats!

You can now also pre-order this delectable looking “Kit Kat Chocolaterie Noel” cake covered in shiny chocolate, available for 5,000 yen ($42.13).

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The cake too is the work of chef Takagi and was created as an homage to the well-loved Kit Kat snack. The cake, made from layers of caramel butter cream, crispy fiantine cookie and biscuit, is designed to recreate the look and texture of Kit Kats without actually using the snack as an ingredient. Now, that certainly makes for a unique Christmas cake!

Chef Takagi commented that he wanted to include items in the gift package that would offer a sense of genuine surprise, which is why he came up with the idea of baking an entire Kit Kat into the madeleines, and as for the cake, he made an effort to create his own rendition of a Kit Kat using original ingredients, resulting in what he hopes is a delightfully surprising and fulling cake.

The “Kit Kat Chocolaterie Patissier Gift” will be available at all three Kit Kat Chocolaterie stores for just one week from December 19 to 25, but they’ll be selling only 20 sets each day, so they may very well sell out. You can also place orders now for the “Kit Kat Chocolaterie Noel” cake at the Ikebukuro Seibu store and the Tokyo Daimaru Store until December 20 for pick-up on December 24, but these are also limited to a total of 75 cakes, so anyone intending to order one may want to hurry.

So, if you’re celebrating the Holiday Season this year in Japan with someone with a fondness for Kit Kats, these could be the perfect treat. Here’s to a chocolatey, crunchy Christmas!


Anything is fair game for advertisement trucks in Tokyo

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If you spend some time walking around the Shibuya, Shinjuku, or Ikebukuro districts of Tokyo, at some point you’re bound to spot a lavishly decorated truck blasting music from its speakers. These “ad trucks” as they’re known in Japanese are just what they sound  like – gigantic, mobile billboards with no purpose other than to drive around promoting the latest music and products. While these trucks do raise some legitimate environmental concerns, there’s no denying that this eye-catching (and deafening) marketing strategy is an effective way to grab everyone’s attention. Keep reading after the jump to view some photographic examples of ad trucks in action. You might be surprised by some of the wacky and suggestive things they can get away with!

But first, here’s some interesting trivia: Public advertising of similar nature has been around in Japan for a long time! In the late Edo period (early to mid 1800s), street musicians known as a chindon’ya would march around outside to promote stores or special sales events. Perhaps they were the origin of modern-day ad trucks, which also mix visuals and music to entice people into opening their wallets. 

Chindon’ya in action. They are a rare sight nowadays.


▼ The descendant of chindon’ya? (Note: the word in the image should read “truck,” not “track.”)


▼ An example of the interior of one ad truck


Ad trucks are often used to promote the latest singles of popular singers. It’s a perfect combination with the large, promotional image displayed on the side of the truck and music blaring from the speakers. The next two photos show trucks advertising new singles by mega-popular girl group AKB48:



▼ Anime and video game trucks are also a common sight.



▼ Even Sadako from The Ring horror movie franchise has made an appearance (TV and all) to promote her film, Sadako 3D!


▼ We feel really bad for whoever’s driving the car behind this…


▼ This incredibly strange display is advertising the opening of a new “robot restaurant” in Shinjuku. Do you get the urge to check it out after seeing this?


▼ Thirsty? Why don’t you buy the alcoholic beverage hi-sour?


Now we move into some questionable territory. While the following ad trucks may appear innocent at first glance, they’re actually promoting some red-light district operations…





Lastly, while the girl in the photo below may strike you as an average singer (and that’s probably how they got away with promoting her in public in the first place…), she is actually an idol called Sakurayura from adult video company kawaii*. Sakurayura made her official debut this month, which even included the release of her own single “Koi-yura” that can be downloaded on iTunes.

▼ Sakurayura, an adult video star and aspiring singer who is being described as “a miracle of outstanding talent” and “the birth of a next-generation idol”…


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10 things you may not know about Tokyo…


Tokyo is known all over the world and regularly appears in global news media. But do you know all of these surprising facts?

1. The city of Tokyo does not exist


Tokyo has been selected as the host city of the 2020 Olympic Games, but the City of Tokyo does actually not exist. Tokyo is not a city, but a so called metropolitan prefecture. It is governed by a governor. There is no such person as the mayor of Tokyo.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Prefecture consists of 23 Special Wards or Ku (each governed as an individual city, pink in the map above), 39 municipalities (green in the map), and two island chains, the Izu and Ogasawara Islands.

The City of Tokyo did exist in the past, from May 1, 1889 until it merged with Tokyo Prefecture on July 1, 1943.


2. Tokyo only became the capital of Japan in 1868


The Japanese capital has been in many locations, including Nara, Osaka and Kyoto. Kyoto was Japan’s capital from 794 through 1868. After the emperor moved to Edo in 1868, the city was renamed Tokyo (Eastern Capital) and became Japan’s new capital.


3. Tokyo has more Michelin Guide stars than any other city in the world


Tokyo is the gourmet city of the world. In the 2013 edition of the famed Michelin Guide, Tokyo received 323 stars, more than any other city in the world. Tokyo is the home of 14 three-star restaurants. For comparison, Paris has 10, New York 7, while London has only 2.


4. Tokyo has one of the lowest murder rates of all major cities in the world


In 2009, Tokyo’s homicide rate per 100,000 people stood at 0.4, one of the lowest in the world for a major city. In comparison, New York’s was 5.6, Amsterdam 4.4, and London 1.6. Gun crimes are extremely rare.

This doesn’t mean that Tokyo is 100% safe. Roppongi for example is a high-risk area for credit card information theft, while Kabuki-cho, Shibuya, and Ikebukuro experience physical and sexual assaults, pickpocketing and cases of drugs slipped into drinks.

But generally, Tokyo is quite safe and it is common to see women walking alone on the streets in the middle of the night. Its citizens are famous for turning in lost items. Tokyo’s lost-and-found center annually collects about 1.6 million articles. In 2002, people found and brought in a total of $23 million in cash.

One of the reasons for the city’s relative safety can be attributed to koban, tiny police stations dotted all over the city. They are within walking distance from each other, and small ones may be manned by just a single police officer who regularly patrols the streets of his neighborhood on his standard white bicycle.


5. WWII Allied bombing of Tokyo was more devastating than the nuclear bomb on Hiroshima


We all know about the devastation caused by the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. But one single air raid on Tokyo in March of that year destroyed a larger area, and killed more people than were killed directly during the atomic bombings. To this day it is the most destructive bombing raid in history.

That night, over 330 U.S. B-29 bombers destroyed about a quarter of the city. More than 100,000 people were killed (the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department estimated 124,711), and a million lost their homes. Some 267,000 buildings and homes lay in ruins.

In comparison, the atomic bombing of Hiroshima directly killed an estimated 80,000 people. By the end of the year, injury and radiation brought total casualties to between 90,000 and 140,000. Some 171,000 were left homeless. About 62,000 buildings were leveled.

The infamous air raids on Dresden, Germany, killed between 22,700 and 25,000 people in four raids over three days.


6. Tokyo is home to 26 of the world’s busiest train stations in the world


That Tokyo train stations are busy is well-known, but did you know that of the 51 busiest train stations in the world all but 6 are located in Japan? And 26, or about half of them, are in Tokyo.

Shinjuku and Shibuya Stations are the busiest with respectively 1.26 billion and 1.09 billion passengers per year. Yes, you read that right. Billion. Shinjuku Station has 36 platforms, over 200 exits, and is used by an average of 3.4 million people per day.

In comparison, the Gare du Nord railway station in Paris, France, apparently the busiest station in Europe, handles around 180 million passengers per year. Shinjuku handles that in less than two months…


7. Tokyo has more inhabitants than any other metropolitan area in the world


23827The population of Tokyo’s 23 Special Wards is over 9 million people, while Tokyo’s total population exceeds 13 million. Tokyo forms part of the world’s most populous metropolitan area with over 35 million people. It features the world’s largest urban agglomeration economy. Tokyo hosts 51 of the Fortune Global 500 companies, more than any other city in the world.


8. Tokyo is vulnerable to flooding


Tokyo is infamous for its many earthquakes. The Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 devastated Tokyo and killed 142,800 people. But floods? Actually, Tokyo has been repeatedly flooded in its history.

The photo above shows the Great Kanto Flood of August 11, 1910. The flood, caused by a storm, submerged more than 201 square kilometers and over 170,000 dwellings and buildings. There were 1,349 dead or missing. It was Tokyo’s third worst flood disaster of the 20th century. The last major flood in Tokyo took place in 1947.

If Tokyo’s Arakawa River breaks its banks, the government estimates that 97 stations stations will be crippled, 2,000 people may lose their lives and some 860,000 will be stranded. The city would come to a standstill, and it would be extremely difficult to bring in emergency supplies.


9. Tokyo’s Skytree is the tallest freestanding tower in the world


Tokyo Skytree, a broadcasting, restaurant, and observation tower in Sumida, is the tallest tower in the world, and the second tallest structure in the world after Burj Khalifa (829.8 m/2,722 ft). Tokyo Skytree reached its full height of 634 meters (2,080 ft) in March 2011.


10. Tokyo’s Tsukiji market is the largest fish market in the world


The Tsukiji fish market is world famous, and you probably know that it is the largest fish market in the world. But how large is it?

Well, it deals in more than 400 different types of seafood and employs more than 60,000 people. Together with two other Tokyo wholesale markets, Tsukiji Market handles an incredible 675,000 tons of marine products a year.

But it has become too small and will move to new facilities, 40% larger than the current market, in 2015.


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