Seiichi Saito

The appeal of Tokyo for Seiichi Saito

I lived in New York when I was a student. There I found that trains and buses didn't always arrive in a timely fashion. I can't say I was greatly inconvenienced by that, but in Tokyo all the trains and buses run on time. Thanks to that punctuality, I can arrive at my destination on time every time, which makes living in Tokyo really convenient. The transportation networks and organizations are really systematically built. Crime rate is low too.

Another point is that Tokyo as a city covers a wide area. There are plenty of areas filled with specialty shops and bars. Part of Tokyo's charm is that each area has its own unique character. Also, the scenery on the trip into the city from the airport is a bit haphazard but it's all nicely built. When people see a landmark like the Rainbow Bridge, whether they're arriving from another region of Japan or the other side of the world, that's when they're sure to think, "Ah! Now I'm in Tokyo!"

Having said that, I was surprised to learn that Tokyo isn't terribly high on the world's popularity rankings. It's ranked at number four, after London in first place, followed by New York and Paris. Compared with other popular cities, the number of travelers to Tokyo is low. For people who live here I think it's incredibly attractive. As for visitors from overseas, the comments I hear mostly are that the experience of Tokyo leads them to insights they'd never known before, and that the warmth of the Japanese people is wonderful once you get to know us. In that sense I think you could call Tokyo a "city of experiences."

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Seiichi Saito

Born in 1975. Saito studied architecture design in Columbia University. From 2000 he began working in the production of art work, etc. in New York. Saito founded rhizomatiks, co., ltd. in 2006 and assumed the post of Representative Director. rhizomatiks is a group of creators engaged in various projects including stage production and art work display in museums using cutting-edge media. The group has been receiving attention for its avant-garde and refined ideas.

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