Kenichiro Mogi

The appeal of Tokyo for Kenichiro Mogi

Tokyo is one of the most appealing cities in the world. In survey after survey, the results make that clear, and as a resident of Tokyo that's my view as well.
For me the attraction of Tokyo lies above all else in the variety that lives and breathes here. It's full of curiosities like no other place, and as Japan's capital it goes to great lengths to draw in culture from all over the world. As a result it's one of the most diversed cities on earth.
It's not just that there are lots of interesting things here. It's the way they blend together and begin to pulsate with new life. That's the excitement of Tokyo. Food, fashion, streetscapes, music. In Tokyo you can be free of taboos, social class and rules about how things should be done. You can encounter and mix with all kinds of people and things. Tokyo is what emerges from that creative chaos.
At the heart of the love of Tokyo is the love of life, the irreplaceable good fortune of being born on this earth. I'm sure that people from all over the world will understand the unique appeal of Tokyo and the special way it embraces the wonderful opportunities life has to give.


Kenichiro Mogi

Neuroscientist, writer, broadcaster. Mogi conducts research on the problem of consciousness, focusing on qualia (feelings considered independently of how they affect behavior). Among his most notable writings are No to Qualia ("The Brain and Qualia"), Ikite Shinu Watashi ("I Who Live and Die"), No to Kaso ("The Brain and Imagination"), Process Eye, Ima Koko Kara Subete no Basho e ("Now from Here to Everywhere") and Tokyo Geidai Monogatari ("The Story of Tokyo University of the Arts").