Tokyo's Ueno Park blossoms as tourist site

| Apr 7, 2015

Tokyo's Ueno Park blossoms as tourist site

by Yoshiaki Miura

Ueno Park, one of Tokyo’s best-known landmarks, is Japan’s first government-designated park, with its origins dating back to the Meiji Era. It was Dutch military Dr. Anthonius Franciscus Bauduin (1820-1885) who first proposed the idea of giving the area special status. At this time ...

Ginza: Tokyo's beacon of prosperity

| Jan 4, 2015

Ginza: Tokyo's beacon of prosperity

by Satoko Kawasaki

Ginza, Tokyo’s posh shopping and entertainment district, has delighted visitors for over a century with high-end shops selling everything from jewelry and clothing to sweets and stationery. But the Ginza area was once part of the sea. Reclaimed during the Edo Period (1603-1867) as ...