An embarrassment of riches from editor-in-chief Gordon Price from his first full day in Tokyo. One could say he’s having a green party.
If you’ve never been, anecdotal evidence would not bring one to associate Tokyo with trees and parks; indeed, whether you rank by density of tree cover (where Vancouver ranks first in the world), or by public green space allocation (where Moscow rules with an iron fist), Tokyo is well down on the list of naturally green cities.
The difference, perhaps — the city puts trees and gardens where people can see them, and even live within them.
It’s quite striking, and perhaps uniquely Japanese, as are many of the publicly visible artefacts of urban planning and design. Have a look.
First impression of Tokyo: How quiet it is. Here we are in Ginza on Saturday night – one of the biggest entertainment and shopping districts in the biggest urban region in the world, and carrying on a conversation in a subdued tone of voice. Really, hardly any cars – and they’re slow moving. Makes all the difference.