Monday, April 22, 2013

Megacities and Skyscapers

When in Japan you might see the beautiful landscapes that are preserved, but also you might find yourself in vast agglomerations of houses of all sizes. Space is limited, especially in areas like Kinki (近畿) or Kanto (関東); Kinki is roughly the area around Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara, while Kanto is the region around Tokyo, about the size of North Rhine Westfalia, where I live, population density is about 1300 people per square kilometre (pop. 42 Mill.). When travelling through this area, you aren’t really leaving a city but you could call it one big city. Houses vary and real skyscrapers are in the city centre.

From the Shinkansen near Tokyo

Coming from Utsonomiya by bus / Tokyo

Inside Tokyo

Another angle

From the water side of Hamarikyu Gardens

You might like to contrast this against Pyongyang and Chicago:

Other blogposts about this travel to Japan:
Japan and Everyday Calligraphy  
Japan and Construction Sites  
Japanese Gardens  
Graveyards in Japan  
Kimono and Traditional Dress  
High Tech Toilets in Japan  
The Kinkakuji in Kyoto  
Shinkansen (新幹線)  
Japan and Garbage  
Small Shrines Along the Road
Cherry Blossoms (桜の花)  

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