Tokyo Megacity by Donald Richie
We lived in Tokyo for almost 3 years, an amazing and unforgettable experience. As we left to return home in Canada last summer (July 2010), a book about Tokyo by Donald Richie was just published titled Tokyo Megacity so we bought it at Tsutaya Roppongi for about 3,500 yen.
With over 250 beautiful pictures by well-known photographer Ben Simmons, the book describes Tokyo as a patchwork of villages, but combines old and the new, and is both traditional and trendy. With the Imperial Palace as the starting point, it breaks Tokyo into three distinct areas: Low City, Mid-City and High City. We lived in one of the areas (Roppongi) and have visited and blogged about the others.
The Low City
- Ueno (Ameyayochoko Market)
- Akihabara (at night)
- Yanaka (Nezu Shrine, Yushima Tenhin Shrine)
- Kanda (Kanda Myojin Shrine)
- Fukagawa (Kiyosumi Teien Garden)
- Marunouchi (Tokyo International Forum)
- Shimbashi (Shiodome)
- Shinagawa (Shinagawa Shrine)
- Rikugein (Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens)
The High City
- Roppongi (Roppongi Hills, Tokyo Midtown)
- Aoyama (Aoyama Fashion Street, Aoyama Reien)
- Harajuku (Takashita Dori)
- Shibuya (at night)
- Shinjuku (at night)
The only major area missing is Ikebukuro. This book currently sits on our coffee table in our living room back in Canada. We hope to return to Tokyo soon for a visit.
Note: This review of this book also appeared in Japan Today.