What do you know about Tokyo?

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  • JinTypeNoir 21 Jan 2009 15:21:58 4,371 posts
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    It came up in the GTA thread, but I became curious. What does the average outside of Japan know about Tokyo? What's famous here? What's common knowledge? I'm not just wondering if any of it's a little off the reality, but if what is famous to Japanese (Rainbow Bridge, for instance) is so to others?

    As reciprocation, these are the things that come up when I think of London:

    -Danger Mouse
    -A river called the Thames and many men are called James
    -A really big and impressive museum with stuff from all over the world, so big you could lost in it
    -The guards outside the palace don't blink or move no matter what you do
    -The Queen doesn't do interviews, and a lot of people like to gossip about the royal family
    -There are black lanterns on the street like the one in The Lion, The Witch and Wardrobe
    -Used to have huge pollution problems, but is pulling back now
    -Had a district that is famous for the development of the whole punk movement
    -The cops used to wear funny shiny black hats
    -There are black taxies that are boxier and stubbier than the common yellow taxi and red two-story buses are the norm
    -A huge clock that Peter Pan flies around called Big Ben, though I haven't the slightest why it's name is Ben
    -Has the highest population for a city in Europe
    -Has a lot of brick buildings
    -Royal Albert Hall is there
    -In the old days people use to think London women riding bikes were scandalous
    -The City Hall has an interesting shape and construction
    -I don't know how many of the famous British Universities are in London, but I have the impression that at least one of them is
    -The subway is called the underground (maybe because that's where the random battles with thugs happen)
    -There is lots of parks and greenery and one them (Hyde Park?) was known for scandalous behavior back in the old days
    -Soccer hooligans are bred in London
    -Common people really don't have butlers and maids anymore, but back when they did, they were awesome
    -London is bordered by places like Sussex, Kent and Surrey
  • TheSaint 21 Jan 2009 15:22:56 14,292 posts
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    It has a big zebra crossing.
  • Razz 21 Jan 2009 15:23:07 61,036 posts
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    It the capital of Japan.

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  • StarchildHypocrethes 21 Jan 2009 15:23:30 25,565 posts
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    You can buy used pants from vending machines.
  • Razz 21 Jan 2009 15:23:37 61,036 posts
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    Square Watertits er... melons

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  • Deleted user 21 January 2009 15:23:39
    It keeps getting destroyed and replaced with NeoTokyo and NewNeoTokyo and the like.
  • Pac-man-ate-my-wife 21 Jan 2009 15:23:51 7,008 posts
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    Capsule Hotels
  • Razz 21 Jan 2009 15:24:04 61,036 posts
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    You can buy a car from a vending machine

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  • Lutz 21 Jan 2009 15:24:36 48,854 posts
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    Razz wrote:
    It the capital of Japan.
    No, Jay is the capital of Japan
  • Razz 21 Jan 2009 15:25:13 61,036 posts
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    Akihabara is geek heaven

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  • TheSaint 21 Jan 2009 15:25:20 14,292 posts
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    The pavements are one big dance mat.
  • Goban 21 Jan 2009 15:28:08 9,052 posts
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    It is a city that has developed through aggregation rather than strict planning structures, which could arguably make it the worlds most contemporary city.
  • Fonzie 21 Jan 2009 15:28:20 1,836 posts
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    It has a lot of Japanese people living there.

    There is a large amount of neon signs on shops.

    You can stay in a hotel with a room the size of a cardboard box.
  • Articulate-Troll 21 Jan 2009 15:28:33 3,101 posts
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    - Imperial Palace (which is basically a huge garden and a bit of a let down)
    - Akihabura sells lots of electronic stuff (avoid the top floors) and has lots of pachinko parlours
    - Rapongi is where the night life is
    - No two houses look the same (as in, there's no terraced houses)
    - Shibuya, if my memory is correct, is the central shopping area, and the area most people associate with Tokyo
    - Tokyo Dome
    - Decent subway

    And a few other things I could probably recall given more time.
  • StarchildHypocrethes 21 Jan 2009 15:28:34 25,565 posts
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    Each tube carriage has a designated schoolgirl you are allowed to touch during your journey.
  • thefilthandthefury 21 Jan 2009 15:31:26 24,983 posts
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    FRUiTS Magazine.
  • PES_Fanboy 21 Jan 2009 15:31:49 14,769 posts
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    Paedophilia is not frowned upon
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    Ghibli Museum has a robot on it.
  • Razz 21 Jan 2009 15:32:16 61,036 posts
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    TheSaint wrote:
    The pavements are one big dance mat.
    :D

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  • Deleted user 21 January 2009 15:32:29
    (Ben is the bell, JinTypeNoir - mystery solved)
  • nickthegun 21 Jan 2009 15:32:47 59,419 posts
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    Since I went to Japan, I think all my friends associate Tokyo with foreigners accidentally ending up in Scat bars.

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  • PES_Fanboy 21 Jan 2009 15:33:50 14,769 posts
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    There's a restaurant you can go to, where young lady waitresses eat interesting spices and then shit on a plate.

    Japanese businessmen then eat this shit.
  • Razz 21 Jan 2009 15:34:19 61,036 posts
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    The Tsukiji fish market is the biggest one in Japan

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  • nickthegun 21 Jan 2009 15:35:01 59,419 posts
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    If its anything like the ones they were squeezing out in this bar, Gillian McKeith would have a fucking field day.

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  • PES_Fanboy 21 Jan 2009 15:36:03 14,769 posts
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    The native inhabitants are so technologically advanced, that their eyes are in 16:9 letterbox format.
  • thefilthandthefury 21 Jan 2009 15:36:03 24,983 posts
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    You can get Aloe Vera yoghurt.
  • Mageme 21 Jan 2009 15:37:11 2,008 posts
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    Shibuya is where the kids dress up weirdly in doctors and nurses outfits. (Or is that out of fashion now?)

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  • PearOfAnguish 21 Jan 2009 15:38:28 7,201 posts
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    It is routinely attacked by gigantic alien robots who are fought off by whiny kids, then everything goes black and white and nobody has any idea what the fuck just happened.
  • nickthegun 21 Jan 2009 15:38:44 59,419 posts
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    - They get very aggressive if you drop fag nubs on the floor

    - old women try to nick your bags on the subway by hooking them with their umbrellas.

    - If you are over 5'10" every photo you have taken of you looks like the lift scene in Lost in Translation

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