Story of Tokyo
BECOME A CITYZEN OF tOKYO
Tokyo is the capital of Japan and was originally known as Edo,which means "estuary". Its name was changed to Tokyo (tō, meaning "east", and kyō, meaning "capital") when it became the imperial capital with the arrival of Emperor Meiji in 1868, in line with the East Asian tradition of including the word capital in the name of the capital city. The name Tokyo was first suggested in 1813 in the book Kondō Hisaku (Secret Plan of Commingling), written by Satō Nobuhiro. When Ōkubo Toshimichi proposed the renaming to the government during the Meiji Restoration, he got the idea from that book. Today the city has the houses the most Fortune 500 companies, the most michelin stars, and the safest citizens- still living up to its traditional standard of greatness today.
Tokyo was originally a small fishing village named Edo, in what was formerly part of the old Musashi Province. Edo was first fortified by the Edo clan, in the late twelfth century. In 1457, Ōta Dōkan built Edo Castle. In 1590, Tokugawa Ieyasu made Edo his base. When he became shogun in 1603, the town became the center of his nationwide military government. During the subsequent Edo period, Edo grew into one of the largest cities in the world with a population topping one million by the 18th century.
THE FESTIVAL CITY
Many different festivals occur in Tokyo throughout the year. Major events include the Sannō at Hie Shrine, the Sanja at Asakusa Shrine, and the biennial Kanda Festivals. The last features a parade with elaborately decorated floats and thousands of people. Annually on the last Saturday of July, an enormous fireworks display over the Sumida River attracts over a million viewers. Once cherry blossoms bloom in spring, many residents gather in Ueno Park, Inokashira Park, and the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden for picnics under the blossoms.
Modern day Tokyo is filled with cultural hotspots- from the Yoyogi National Gymnasium, an arena located at Yoyogi Park which was built for the 1964 Summer Olympics and is still famous for its suspension roof design, to the Tokyo National Museum, the oldest Japanese national museum and the largest art museum in Japan and one of the largest art museums in the world, with over 110,000 objects. You can taste the world’s best sushi at Sukiyabashi Jiro or rest in the sky view sauna at the Mandarin Oriental Spa, listen to live Japanese rock music or stay in traditional serene Japanese rooms at the Yoshimizu Inn in Ginza.