The Appeal of Tokyo for Tetsuya Mizuguchi
The Tokyo I love is a city where excitement and stillness cohabit.
Tokyo changes at an exhilarating speed. The seasons shift constantly, too, day by day.
There’s also incredible access to nature here. Tokyo is blessed with huge forests and parks, centered on Jingu and the Imperial Palace. Stepping out of the city and into these places is like entering another world, a place of stillness where you can find plants and animals not seen anywhere else. Walking around these oases in the morning or evening is a great pleasure. Even at the smallest back-alley shrines or on tiny hills, you can stumble upon a spot that is steeped in legend and history.
This contrast between excitement and stillness is a huge part of Tokyo’s allure for me.
Another of Tokyo’s attractions is that it’s an “anytime, anywhere” kind of place. With incredible access by car, shinkansen or plane, you can get to virtually anyplace in Japan from here in just two hours. And when you get to those regions, you’ll find mountains for trekking, the bounty of the ocean, and countless hot-spring resorts.
What I love most is the food fairs you find on the basement floor of every department store. This is where you’ll find fresh food and cuisine from every corner of Japan, all in one place. I love to go to these food fairs on weekends to feel the changes in season.
Tokyo is a fun town. You never get tired of it.
The more I learn about the world, the more I think of Tokyo as the best home for me.
I love Tokyo!