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Tokyo, Japan's largest city at the start of the 21st century

Tokyo Kamakura Yokohama Kusatsu Narita
Map of the Kanto region
Map of the Kanto region
Tokyo was extensively developed following the move to the area of Tokugawa Ieyasu's first Shogunate Government in 1603. The town, which then centered on Edo Castle, was primarily constructed during the 70-year regeneration of Edo that followed and in the years after the demise of the 265-year reign of the Tokugawa Shogunate, as Japan's Meiji Restoration remodeled Japan along more modern lines. Tokyo became the nation's capital city after the Emperor moved east along the Tokaido road from Kyoto.
With a current population of some 12 million, Tokyo is by far the largest city in 21st century Japan and one of the charms of Tokyo is to be found in the combination of the traditional and historical sites sitting side by side amidst the ultramodern urban landscape.
To that end, there are many places in Tokyo with their own unique character: the Shitamachi (older and more traditional) districts in and around Asakusa and Ueno. The shopping zones of Ginza, Aoyama, Shinjuku and Shibuya and of course other well known areas for visitors to shop or eat till they drop such as Nihombashi, Akihabara, Odaiba, Harajuku, Roppongi and Ikebukuro. For visitors and inhabitants, Tokyo has something for everyone.

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Kamakura Matsuri
Kamakura Matsuri

- Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture
- April 13 (Sun)-20 (Sun), 2014

The Kamakura Matsuri is a lively festival for this ancient city. Held annually since 1959, it features various events including a parade and open-air tea ceremonies, and horseback archery - the April 17 (Sun) (TBD) - demonstrations should not be missed. Why not enjoy a springtime walk around one of Japan's most historically important cities. (Japanese version only)
Illumination of Shidare-zakura and Daimyo Garden
Illumination of Shidare-zakura and Daimyo Garden

- Rikugi-en Gardens, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
- March 20 (Thu)-April 6 (Sun), 2014

In this popular spring event in Rikugi-en Gardens, the shidare-zakura (weeping cherry tree), the symbol of Rikugi-en, with a height of about 15 meters and a width of about 20 meters, is fascinatingly illuminated at night. Open hours will be extended to 9 p.m. during the event. Enjoy the spring breeze in a fantastic atmosphere in the garden. (Japanese version only)
AnimeJapan 2014
AnimeJapan 2014

- Tokyo Big Sight, Koto-ku, Tokyo
- March 22 (Sat)-23 (Sun), 2014

AnimeJapan is one of the largest anime events in the world and aims to develop and promote Japan's anime and related industries. Historical moments during the past 50 years of anime history will be screened, 55 stage events will take place, and a talk show with producers of the famous Anison (anime song) is to be held. Character goods produced exclusively for AnimeJapan 2014 will be sold at official shops.
Yoshino Baigo Ume Matsuri (Ume-plum-Festival)
Yoshino Baigo Ume Matsuri (Ume-plum-Festival)

- Yoshino Baigo (plum orchard), Ome City, Tokyo
- March 1 (Sat)-March 30 (Sun), 2014

Yoshino Baigo stretches 4 km east to west on the south side of the Tama River from Hinatawada Station to Futamatao Station on the JR Ome Line. About 25,000 plum trees are in full bloom in early spring. During the event, a stamp rally and local goods sale are held. On March 14, a special event takes place and local entertainment will be performed.. (Japanese version only)
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