The appeal of Tokyo for Toshiyuki Inoko
I love the Washlet. The Washlet is my favorite thing in the world. Tokyo is my favorite city just because of the Washlet alone!
In the past I lived in Tokyo for two years without a home. I could always find a clean toilet at a convenience store. If I walked a little farther, there would be a public bath or a sauna. For meals, family restaurants are open 24 hours a day, and the food is reasonably priced and tasty. You can live comfortably in Tokyo even if you have nothing.
The IT business was really booming in those days, and everyone I knew was living in spacious apartments. I was always telling them, “the place where I live is much bigger—it’s Tokyo!” The only property I have ever owned was my briefcase, but it was never a problem, because Tokyo has never failed to give me everything I needed.
Mind you, one major reason why Tokyo is so attractive to me is that I can speak Japanese. Part of the convenience that makes Tokyo so attractive is that the vast majority of people in Tokyo and Japan speak a common language. Understanding Japanese and Japanese culture is a precondition for that convenience, so I suppose it doesn’t come across the same way for foreign visitors. That’s one difference between Tokyo and other popular cities.
If Tokyo were to become a language-free city—that is, a city where you could have fun without speaking a word of the language—I think it would be more fun and appealing.View MEETING