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2020-10-23 Other articles >

Tokyo-the young capital of Japan

If you compare Tokyo with such famous capitals as Jerusalem or Athens, you can talk about the young age of the Japanese capital. The city received its name and capital status in 1868, when Emperor Mutsuhito decided to make Edo (the former name of Tokyo) his residence.
Many people associate today's Tokyo with an urban landscape, which is based on huge skyscrapers, densely located against the backdrop of the majestic mount Fuji, always hurrying citizens in business suits, lots of cars and neon-shining ads.

This is the face of modern Tokyo. Indeed, a metropolis with a population of 13 million has an unrealistic population density - 6,279 people per square kilometer! In other words, there is an area of only 4 square meters per person.

Therefore, there is a very expensive property (up to $ 2 million per square meter). But this fact does not make Tokyo less attractive and beloved, because everything here simply breathes the samurai spirit Of the land of the Rising sun.
Speaking of the dwellings in Tokyo, it should be noted its just a fabulous scale. No, you will not see here the Royal castles and large residences. Capsule micro-apartments are mostly this type of housing in crowded and densely populated Tokyo. There are rooms that are similar to the average Russian kitchens. Micro-apartments are grouped into multi-capsule houses scattered along the streets of the Japanese capital.
A wide variety of vehicles travel through the streets of Tokyo-from ultra-modern expensive foreign cars to exotic tuk-tuk auto rickshaws.
The Japanese transport system is one of the most highly developed in the world. The main urban transport here is the metro and buses. Intercity services are supported by state-of-the-art high-speed Shinkansen trains that reach speeds of 320 km / h.
The Japanese currency, the yen, is now one of the world's main reserve currencies. It occupies the third position after the dollar and the Euro.

In modern Tokyo, electronic money is actively used, however, and cash does not give up its position. Bank of Japan tickets are called o-satsu in everyday life. They have four denominations - 1, 2, 5 and 10 thousand yen. They are protected from fakes by watermarks, holograms, mother-of-pearl and fluorescent inks, and other 'secrets'.

Being in use for 4-5 years, after the end of its service life, paper cash is processed into cheap paper products - the same toilet paper. Here is a truly philosophical attitude to material goods!
There is a highlight in Tokyo that attracts the attention of thousands of collectors from all over the world. It is a Museum of banknotes and postage stamps, which houses full-scale numismatic and philatelic collections. In addition to the banknotes and postage stamps themselves, the equipment and tools intended for their production are presented here. And everyone can enjoy the' wonders ' of the interactive hall: make an exclusive postcard with watermarks, examine any bill or coin under a microscope.
Tokyo sports is known for two Olympic Games-1964 and 2020. However, about the last one-the world froze in anticipation, because the date of its holding was postponed for a year due to the pandemic. 

But in the distant 64th year, as the host of the XVIII Olympic games, Tokyo thundered all over the world. More than 5 thousand athletes from 93 countries came to the competition.
This event was reflected in numismatics and philately, when the name of Tokyo was mass-minted on coins and printed on postage stamps.
And the Republic of Panama has issued a postal block dedicated to the Olympic discipline-water Polo.
The future XXXIII Olympic games is dedicated to a set of 6 coins issued by the Osaka Mint in 4 million copies. The coin value is 100 yen.
In the 'Commemorative coins' series, the 'Tokyo 2020' Olympic commemorative badge was released.
However, not a single Olympiad, as they say. The magical and unique city at the foot of Fujiyama has absorbed all the elements of Japanese culture, showered with cherry blossoms, fanned with wonderful Japanese music.
Ultra-modern, but based on deep Japanese traditions, Tokyo occupies only 0.6% of the entire territory Of the land of the Rising sun. However, 1/3 of Japan's gross domestic product falls on its capital.
Art collectors will probably be interested in the futuristic approach of the young Japanese artist Tokyo Genso. Under the impression of the tragic disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, he created a series of paintings where Tokyo is depicted abandoned by people, irradiated and dilapidated...
However, modern Tokyo successfully solves current problems. Optical-mechanical and electronic enterprises, oil refining plants, banks, educational institutions - these are the potential that makes the capital look forward to the future with confidence.
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