15 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT TOKYO.
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Today we’re looking at one of the most technologically advanced cities in the world-Tokyo.
Tokyo has come a long wayfrom its origins in the 15th century,
when it was just a fishing village called Edo.
It’s now the most densely populated city in the world,
with a population of over 13.6 million people
and has a reputation for being full of bizarre and uniquely Japanese quirks.
The city’s GDP is an incredible 1.9 trillion dollars as of 2012.
And it’s considered to be a major international financial center,
with tourists flocking there for a slice of Japanese culture,
and a ride on the world’s busiest train system in the world.
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We had to bring you a video about
one of the world’s most incredible cities-Tokyo, Japan.
Here are 15 things you didn’t know about the city.
1. Tokyo will be the first city to broadcast the Olympic Games
in SONY 8K Ultra High-Definition.
The 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics
will be broadcasting in super high definitiondeveloped by SONY,
which will mean the picture is nearly as good as being there in person.
8k resolution hasn’t even arrived in commercial stores yet,
but this Olympics will be the first one to be available
in 7680*4320 pixels.
That’s not the only innovation they’re working on either.
They’ll be incorporating hologram technology into their programming too.
2 1926年前 日本皇室婚姻一夫多妻现象很普遍
2. Polygamy was common amongst Japanese Emperor’s until 1926.
Tokyo is Japan’s government seat
and the residence of whoever is the current Emperor.
历史上 践行一夫多妻制 拥有多位妻子和女侍从
Historically, it’s been a tradition for the Japanese imperial dynasty
to practice polygamy and have multiple wives and female attendants.
This became unpopular however,
and the current emperor has one Empress consort
who was the first commoner to marry into the japanese imperial family
since the system began in the 1100.
3. Trained staff are hired specifically to push people onto trains during rush hour.
If you’re a claustrophobic, a train in Tokyo during rush hour
is not the place you want to be.
Oshiya or pushers, are railway staff
who push passengers onto the trains when they’re overflowing,
making sure that everyone fits and gets to work on time.
You can check out many videos on YouTube of the oshiya in action.
But try not to let it put you off visiting.
4 第二次世界大战后 东京花了10年重建
4. It took 10 years for Tokyo to rebuild after WWII.
Tokyo was bombed extensively by the United States Air Force in 1942,
and then again in 1944, and in 1945.
The final bombing raid left 1 million homeless,
destroyed 16 square miles of the city,
and was at that point, the most destructive bomb in human history.
It took a further decade for Japan to recover,
and for Tokyo to become economically successful again.
5. Tokyo vending machines dispense everything
from flying fish soup to puppies.
Japan is famous for its amazing vending machines
that put our coca-cola dispensers to shame.
On the streets of Tokyo you can find vending machines every 12 meters
销售雨伞 避孕套 口罩 鲜果
for umbrellas, condoms, surgical masks, fresh fruit,
eggs, ramen, and fresh cooked hamburgers.
One of the most remarkable is a puppy vending machine,
which is a very unorthodox way to buy a new pet.
6. There are nearly 300 Starbucks across the city.
New York has 220, London has 246,
but Tokyo beats them all with 300.
The American coffee chain is very big in Japan,
with a branch next to nearly every train station in the city.
They play only Western music inside,
but honor Tokyo’s love of the cherry blossom tree
with special customized cups during the springtime.
7. Going to Tokyo Disneyland can apparently predict how successful your relationship will be.
There are many superstitions surrounding the success of a relationship in Tokyo.
Your romance is said to last a long time
if you and your partner both watched the lights of the Tokyo Tower get turned off.
However, those who go to Disneyland at the beginning of their relationship
will break up, because they will exhaust all conversation
while they’re queuing up for rides.
And those who take a boat trip on the pond in Inokashira Park
will break up early because they’ve made the Buddhist goddess
who cares for the pond jealous.
8. The Roppongi Hills building is rumoured to be cursed by a series of grisly incidents.
The Roppongi Hills development features offices, apartments and shops.
但由于一系列的负债 破产 丑闻
But because of a series of debts, bankruptcies, scandals
and one particularly nasty revolving door incident,
it’s rumored to be cursed.
The development opened in 2003 and is said to be built on a mass grave.
Its revolving doors have led to three separate deaths,
and several major corporations collapsed after they moved in.
9. Tokyo’s food scene is notoriously expensive,
with some sushi restaurants costing $1,000 a head.
Many of Tokyo’s most desirable restaurants look unassuming from the outside,
通常坐落于办公楼 小街小巷 靠近自动售货机
often located in office buildings, down side streets, and next to vending machines.
然而 被拒之门外 或者需要提前两个月预定
It’s not uncommon to be turned away
or have to book two months in advance.
其中有一家昂贵高级的餐厅叫ARONIA DE TAKAZAWA
One of the most expensive and exclusive is ARONIA DE TAKAZAWA,
which only seats eight people and servesFrench-Japanese fusion food.
10. The most expensive apartment in Tokyo sold for $12.7 million in 2015.
Park Court Akasaka Hinokicho顶层公寓位于东京都港区
The Park Court Akasaka Hinokicho penthouse, can be found in Tokyo midtown,
one of the wealthier areas of the city,
and is surrounded by a stunning traditional Japanese garden.
The penthouse features perfect views of it,
a specially designed room for shoes and two bathrooms,
this might not sound like a lot,
but more than one bathroom is very hard to come by in Tokyo real estate,
as two, is quite luxurious.
11 东京边界有很多带沙滩 火山
11. The city boundaries include many different islands that have beaches,
volcanoes and gorgeous scenery.
Tokyo isn’t all concrete and high-rises,
it has a network of islands off its coast,
which offer a complete change of pace.
The Bonin Islands are a group of subtropical islands which are completely uninhabited,
whereas the Izu Islands are comprised of 17 different land masses
with varying populations and communities.
12. Many of Tokyo’s famous capsule hotels are for men only.
Only in Tokyo would you sleep in a small coffin-like pod and find it acceptable.
The first capsule hotel was built in Osaka in 1979,
providing a logical and affordable kind of hotel for business travelers and tourists.
Each capsule is equipped with a bed, Internet access,
and that’s about it!
So they generally only cost between 30 and 50 dollars a night.
Some capsule hotels have women-only floors,
or don’t allow women to stay at all because it’s considered too unsafe.
13. Tokyo is home to a museum of parasites.
Have you ever seen an 8 metre tapeworm on display in a museum?
At Tokyo’s Meguro Parasitological Museum,
you can explore exhibits about various parasites that dwell in the city and beyond.
The second floor is reserved for parasites that infect humans.
And there are 45,000 parasites specimens on display.
On your way out, you can treat yourself
to a parasite themed keyring in the gift shop.
14 要去东京最遥远的酒店 只能通过搭乘
14. The most remote hotel in Tokyo, can only be reached
两班火车 一班大巴 一班缆车 还要步行15分钟
with two trains, a bus, cable car and a 15-minute walk.
Outside of the city limits is the Komadori Sanso-a picturesque Lodge in the mountains.
The trip is a real effort, but it’s supposedly worth it once you arrive.
The accommodation is fairly basic, but it allows for complete peace and solitude.
And there’s a waterfall where guests can learn to meditate underneath the running water.
15. You can watch sumo wrestlers try to make babies cry at the Sensoji Temple.
Crying babies are supposed to be lucky for sumo wrestlers,
because their cries ward off harmful demons and spirits.
Because of this long-held superstition,
sumo wrestlers will take to the stage
and try to make the baby in their arms cry.
Some try a scary mask and others just shout at them.
Surprisingly, the parents are all okay with it.
There’s nowhere quite like Tokyo,
one of the most fascinating and unique cities in the world.
No wonder 13.4 million of us visit every year.
Japan’s capital has a rich and complex history,
full of as much destruction as innovation.
Thankfully, it’s now at peace,
and the center of so much culture and fascination that it’s bound to be
at the top of many people’s bucket list for years to come.
If money was no object and you are jetting off to Japan,
would you stay in a stunning remote Lodge in the mountains?
Or would you get straight back in that cable car back to civilization,
and book one of the city’s stunning luxury hotels?
Oh you’re still here?
Here’s another bizarre fact about Tokyo.
The Japanese love baseball,
but their games are a little bit different to their American friends.
When a player hits a homerun, the crowd waves umbrellas,
and they’re more likely to be snacking on edamame than hot dogs and beer.
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