Japanese cat says nyaa nyaa, not meow

Shibuya is one of the main centers of Tokyo, with a distinctive pedestrian crossing that has many sides and through which about 3000 people passes at every green light.

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Shinjuku district – urban and shopping slice of the Japanese metropolis, whose intersections are actually the intersections of past, present, and future, and where obsessively polite and focused people chasing through each other. During the day, this is the business part, during the night – party maniac.

Park Hotel, from the movie Lost in Translation, is located right in the heart of Shinjuku. From the 52nd floor, this hotel offers a remarkable view of Tokyo and Mount Fuji.

Roppongi – the area of the museums. It offers a view on the Tokyo Tower, the symbol of Tokyo, around 333m high – a copy of the Eiffel Tower built a century after the original version.

Harajuku

For decades, this is the epicenter of extreme Tokyo’s street fashion that still cherishes peculiar styles, but we certainly can not be encountering many Lolita girls. In this area you can find unique restaurants, cafes, gift shops and fashion boutiques. Many shops, the most diverse pancake shops, stands with fast food aimed at the fashion trends of these teenage girls and teenagers are lined up at the focal point of this place – in Takeshita Dori (Takeshita Street) and its streets that intersect.

And not just that, this area is also known because the Meiji Jingu (Meiji Temple), one of the main temples of Tokyo, is located just next to it, in a large green oasis that is shared with the Yoyogi Koen-om (Yoyogi Park) as well.

 

 

Yoyogi Park  

One of the biggest and most pleasant city parks, with its wide lawns, lakes and forest areas. As the Japanese people cherished the tradition of picnics and enjoying the arrival of spring, this place during spring days is full of groups of people sitting on the lawns with their picnic equipment, enjoying under the white treetops.

 

Izakaya

As an integral part of the Japanese culture, Izakaya is the place where people go for relaxation after a long day. For good food, good drinks and full enjoyment of traditional Japan.

Those are pubs in the Japanese style. They are full of businessmen who can be barely recognized among the smoke from cigarettes; these pubs are full of loud talking, not to say the roaring and thunderous laughter and endless supply of otsumami (food that accompanies alcohol, similar to tapas). Japanese Izakaya can be anything from a small dark hole in the wall or just a bar with several bar stools, to a large commercial place.

Name Izakaya is a compound of the words “i” (to stay) and “sakaya” (beverages store). Originating from liquor stores, dating back to the Edo period (1603-1867) when customers were able to stay in there and drink. It is very easy to recognize and to find izakaya in Tokyo, because in front of the door usually you can find red paper lanterns that are traditionally announcing place of izakaya and its cheap food and drink.

 

Despite the parts that look like a maze of neon lights, residential areas are an oasis of peace and tranquility. In Tokyo everything is exceeding the functionality. All ideas that would have been unimaginable in the West, coexist peacefully in Japan, and everyone strives to harmony.

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