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Nihonbashi has been considered as the center of Japan for 400 years. Recently I had occasions to do a sort of sky view sightseeing over the central part of Tokyo from a tower of a hotel in Nihonbashi, from a height of 150m above sea level, for 2 weeks. The spectacles of views were so impressive enough to be ranked as one of the best new sight seeing points of Tokyo. The night views were especially beautiful.
But, the night scenes of the central part of Tokyo which I enjoyed were the skyscrapers after the offices had been closed, i.e. empty buildings. The numbers of the residents in the central part of Tokyo are very close to zero.
In the world, even in the big cities such as London, Paris and New York, the major parts of their central parts have proper residents. Most of the buildings are for residential uses. The street floors and sometimes the first floors can be shops, stores and offices, but above them are flats, apartments. Only the very limited quarters in the really central areas can consist of non residential office / commercial buildings.
Summer is coming. Many Japanese will take holiday tours abroad. When they return from their tours their comments are often that how nice and cozy the cities and towns were, instead of comments on the foods or on the restaurants.
Those comments on the cities which impressed them are actually not on the townscapes or buildings but the urban lives of the citizens they had visited. Therefore the impressions from the markets and little parks have left in their memories such clear and vivid memories.
In Tokyo, the majority of the citizens live in far outskirts, the areas so called newly developed residential areas. Living in the middle and high rise flats or tightly built groups of small houses, and everyday spending on long trips to the central area of Tokyo, they neither enjoy urban lives with rich cultural and joyful consumers$B!G(B amenities nor appreciate country lives with clear sun shine, fresh air and promenades in nature.
Today in the central part of Tokyo, you meet many building sites. Not so old buildings, not older than 50 years and quite big ones are being demolished to give space for even bigger taller skyscrapers. The new ones would be over 200m high.
Huge office buildings, between them streets nicely decorated with trees, small parks, and exclusive commercial amenities but without any residents shall not evoke happy urban lives.