Tokyo: An Urban Sprawl of Steroids

By Dr. Nancy Sardone, School of Education

July, 2013

Tokyo is urban sprawl on steroids. Days 1-6, I felt overwhelmed with the sheer number of buildings, choices of events and destinations, and public transit maps (oh, my!) but mostly, my void of the Japanese language. I found myself speaking slower and louder…in English…and using pictures and pantomime type movements to be understood. On Day 7, I found a common language…art. These photos were taken at the Hakkone Open Air Museum, located in the foothills of Mt. Fuji. In my remaining days in Tokyo, I learned basic Japanese words and spoke them, evoking kind smiles from the natives. Some said (through a translator) that they were impressed that I was trying!

Tokyo at Night

Photo credit: fanpop.com

Photo credit: fanpop.com

Family Group (Bronze) by Henry Moore (UK) 1898-1986

Photo credit: Dr. Nancy Sardone

Mother and Child (Bronze) by Henry Moore (UK) 1898-1986

Photo credit: Dr. Nancy Sardone

Photo credit: Dr. Nancy Sardone

Fairy Chapel (Glass and Stainless Steel) 2005 by Satoru Okamoto and Nsenda Lukumwena

Photo credit: Dr. Nancy Sardone

Photo credit: Dr. Nancy Sardone

3 thoughts on “Tokyo: An Urban Sprawl of Steroids

  1. Sachiko Komagata

    Nancy, so glad you had a chance to visit Tokyo. I know it may be overwhelming. You may get dizzy standing in the middle of the intersection or in train station looking at massive people walking in all directions like ants in the ant colony. Have you tried Onsen (hot spring)? How about food? Love to learn your experience! Sachiko

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    1. Nancy Sardone

      Sachiko…
      The “uniforms” the salary men wear…white long sleeved shirts with starched collars, black pants, black socks, black shoes in 100+ degrees weather … it was an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G sight to see as hundreds of men crossing the streets…all dressed alike. Tokyo Disney was the same – people dressed alike but in Mickey Mouse hats, shirts, ponchos… I have never seen anything like it.

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