The Appeal of Tokyo for Noritake
I moved from Kobe to Tokyo at age 20 and have lived here for 15 years, so I have spent most of my adult life and career here in Tokyo. As part of my career to date, I have met and parted ways with many friends, acquaintances, and mentors with whom I share both fond and bitter memories, and I believe this has helped shape who I am today.
Recently I have had more opportunities to travel to various cities overseas and regions in Japan for leisure and on business. Comparing Tokyo to those cities, I feel that Tokyo has more cultural facilities than anywhere else, such as quirky shops, small and large galleries, and movie theaters, where a variety of interesting events are held every weekend. I also like that Tokyo has plenty of places where you can enjoy peace and quiet, such as spacious parks, libraries, and museums. On the other hand, what I don’t like is the busy rush hour and large crowds.
As for work, many of my business partners are designers, publishers and agencies that are based in Tokyo. I know a few quiet coffee shops in my neighborhood where we can hold meetings when I’m not able to go to their offices. We live in a time when Skype is readily available, but I still believe that there are many benefits to speaking face-to-face and bouncing ideas off one another in person. So I think the main reason I live in Tokyo, at least from a work standpoint, is because I can easily meet up with the people that I work with.