The epicenter of the future, the land of bullet trains and robot waitresses, cat cafés and sushis galore – bringing you from our global cities series, the fast and furious Tokyo!
As the world’s largest metropolitan with around 32.5 million people breathing culture and diversity, Tokyo surpasses other major populous metropolitan areas like New York, Seoul and Mumbai. It is the seamless mélange of modernism and traditional values: tall skyscrapers, cutting-edge fashion and booming technology exist in harmony with ancient shrines and Kabuki theatres.
Although it has been Japan’s most important city for almost 500 years, Tokyo rose to world city status like a phoenix, rising from the ashes of the Second World War. Famous for their hard-working principles, the Japanese companies were responsible for an economic miracle that transformed Japan into one of the world’s richest nations in the 1980’s, which in turn impacted Tokyo’s morphology. High-rise buildings, multinationals, and state-of-the-art technology made a red carpet entry.
Besides being the seat of the Japanese government and home to its imperial family, Tokyo also plays host to many of the world’s largest investment banks and insurance companies. It claims a stake in 51 of the Fortune 500 companies, the highest number by any city. However, it is not only a vortex for the world’s financial activities, but also a major hub for all the gourmands out there. As a testament to its food-crazed culture, it boasts a total of 281 Michelin stars, more than twice the total of any city in the world!
Adding a feather to its cap, Tokyo will be the first Asian city to host the Olympic Games twice, in 2020. If successful, this will be the city’s golden ticket to forging new bonds and blooming creativity. Tokyo’s interactivity, neutrality and acceptance shall shine and give rise to an even deeper and vibrant culture.