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FC: Tokyo Travel 2012 | By Ross Alumbaugh 2012 | National Geographic

1: Wikipedia | Tokyo Japan is the world's largest city. It is the perfect blend of new pop-culture and traditional heritage. Amazing architecture and Sushi are just what we see about Tokyo, but there is so much more. | Wikipedia | Wikipedia

2: Before inhabitance Tokyo was a collection of tidal pools and shallows. Because of the Sumida River is extremely fertile. The first settlers came around 10,000 BC. 4,000 years later wet-rice style of farming was introduced form Korea. During this time the Shinto religion was developing. | During the Sixth Century Buddhism was introduced. With Buddhism came codes of laws and the Chinese language. Edo, modern day Tokyo played a key role in the creation and development of the Samurai warrior. | Wikipedia

3: With the beauty of the imperial palace and the breathtaking new architecture of the Tokyo Tower, there is something for everyone here. Here you can experience everything from a Sumo tournament at a Kokugikan to having a traditional tea ceremony.There is even a cafe where you can pet cats for a small price. Studio Ghibli, the creators of Ponyo has daily tours in the afternoon. Bullet tours go every day and go almost everywhere in Tokyo. You can take a tour of Mount Fuji and Lake Ashi without even leaving the comfort of your seat. | WikiTravel | Wikipedia

4: Wikipedia | Wikipedia | With Tokyo's long history, there are many historical sites. Meiji Shrine and Sensoji Temple are just two of them. Sonsoji Temple is an ancient Buddhist place of sanctuary. Meiji Shrine was built to commemorate an emperors in 1915. It was formally dedicated in 1920. The Imperial Palace has been the home for the emperor a very long time. | Wikipedia

5: Baseball is very present in the culture of Tokyo. The Tokyo Yomiuri Giants have won more pennants than any other team in Japan. The need for thrills is also very present. In Tokyo many amusement parks provide hours of thrill for all of their visitors. Disney is also very present in Tokyo. The Tokyo Disney resort entertains people every day. | Sportslogos.com

6: Tradition and culture is very present in Japan. Traditional Tea Ceremonies occur daily. Although there is a lot of tradition, new culture is also present. The Session House in Tokyo does daily dance performances. Noh is another type of performance, although it is an ancient art it is still loved. It is a mix of dance and drama. In Tokyo they do performances in the Japan National Noh Theater. | Tofugu.com

7: Don't think: Look! -Ludwig Wittgenstein | Tokyo, Japan lies on the mouth of the Sumida River. Mount Fuji is southeast of Tokyo near Lake Ashi. The land where Tokyo was a collection of tidal pools and shallows.

8: Tokyo Starts off its year with cold winter days. March to June is pleasant and warm. July to August is warm and muggy. August is the most humid part of the year. Autumn is the color month of the year. The greens in the trees comes out. | onebigphoto.com | flickr.com

9: In Japan they spend the Yen. They speak Japanese. Japanese is the core language but there are many different dialects that are spoken there. Although it is disputed, it is proposed to be part of the Altaic family of languages. | Wikipedia | Wikipedia

10: Tokyo was originally named Edo. Now Tokyo is more commonly called the Metropolis of Tokyo now. Tokyo is one of 47 prefectures of Japan. The emergency number is 119 in Tokyo. | MichaelWeening.com | flickr.com

11: I arrived into Tokyo International a little jet lagged. I was tired but there was no time to rest. I had to get to the great Tokyo Fish Market. I arrived about an hour later. The smell of fish just about overpowered all of my other senses. Hundreds of fish lined the walls and floors. Luckily for me I planned ahead and got a spot, they only give out a few tickets to get in on a given day. I didn't really know what I was getting into. People were really getting into the auction. After the auction was finished they allowed us to venture the various stalls that lined the walls. Dozens of different vendors sold hundreds of different variations of seafood. Although I got a good close look at most of the stalls it wasn't easy. Hundreds of people walked around with me and the group I was in. I rested most of the day to attempt to get over the jet lag. I awoke from my afternoon nap a little more energized. Even though I was still tired I decided to got a Noh performance at the Japanese National Noh Theater. This traditional drama dance mix was very interesting. The mix of drama and dance was very well balanced. The architecture was amazing. The mix of old and new styles was very good looking. It was a very good day but it was time to go back to the hotel and go to sleep. | Day 1

12: Day 2 | I woke up on my second day ready to see the sights. I was going to the Tokyo Tower. When I got to the base of it I was in aw. At 1,093 feet tall it was gargantuan. Although you can't go all the way to the top you can still go up 250 meters. When I got to the top I was in shock. I could see all the way to Mount Fuji. I was sad when I had to leave the tower but it was time to go. | After I got some lunch it was time to go to the Imperial Palace. When I arrived I was shocked by the stunning architecture and beauty of the grounds. The old buildings were amazing. I spent a couple of hours touring the campus and its surroundings. Because I was their in April the cherry blossoms had just started to bloom. | Wikipedia

13: Day 3 | On my third day in Tokyo I visited Nekorobi a "Cat Cafe" were you can sit and drink you coffee with cats. Afterwards I walked around some before heading to the Tokyo Dome for the Giants game. That day they were playing the Hiroshima Carps. The Giants went into the game with the best record in Japanese baseball. Although it didn't look good early the Giants held on and one in the top of the 9th inning. The fans in Tokyo were crazy. They really get into baseball there. | openbuildings.com

14: Day 4 | On my forth and final day in Tokyo I decided to go back to the dome and visit the amusement park. The park was insanely fun. It features one of the worlds only ferris wheels with a roller coaster that goes through it. I road the roller coaster first. It is called the Thunder Dolphin. Standing at 262 feet tall, the lift up took a long time. The ride flew along the 3,500 feet long track at 81 mph. After I finished I went on the "Big O" the world's first centerless Ferris Wheel. After I finished I returned to Tokyo international to wait for my flight back to the U.S. | Wikipedia

15: There isn't much similar between Kansas City and Tokyo. One thing though is their love for baseball. Both towns avidly support their teams through rough times. We also both love thrills. Both Tokyo and Kansas City have amusement parks. A difference is Kansas City and Tokyo have very different population densities and populations in general. | Sportslogos.net | Sports logos.com

16: I would say the trip that has effected me the most would be my trip to South Dakota. Going into it I thought it would be desolate and boring, but then I came to realize its interesting qualities.

17: The trip was extremely fun but all that remains is memories. | hirolu.deviantart.com

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