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Tokyo — Tokyo spent most of its history as an out-of-the-way backwater, but about 400 years ago the shogun (military ruler) built his castle here and the city has never looked back. Now a world-leader in business, education, finance, media, manufacturing and shipping, it’s managed to avoid the problems that plague cities elsewhere: poverty, homelessness, and crime are virtually unheard of. What’s left is a sprawling metropolis populated by literate, cosmopolitan, gourmet, gracious, hospitable and stylish denizens. Public transportation works like a dream, and people respect each other’s quiet and privacy. And you can forget that old saw about Tokyo being prohibitively expensive – while it’s possible to spend a fortune, you certainly don’t have to.

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For an exciting and enormous metropolis that’s equal parts Japanese history lesson and glimpse into the future.

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American-Themed Diners Abroad

March 27, 2014

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10 Malls That Will Make You Feel Cultured

August 19, 2013 by Alex Schechter

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“On short trips, store face creams, hair products, and other liquids that you need just a bit of in spare contact lens containers.”

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