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We are going to renew this blog from 01 May 2022. From today, new blog will be posted weekly on Sunday. New blog will have multiple photos, sometimes including video. Which means each blog will take more time to read.

The first posting will be about Tokyo.

Tokyo metropolis - Capital of Japan since 1869. Former capital was Kyoto.

It is made up by 23 special wards, 26 cities, 5 towns and 8 villages. It is one of the 47 prefectures or first level administrative divisions. The population is 13.97 million. Density is approximately 6400 persons/km2. Population and density are both top of Japan. However, Japanese do not consider Tokyo as Tokyo metropolis. Tokyo metropolis is 10th on world city proper population ranking.

World's Top 5 populous proper cities.

  1. Chongqing 32 million

  2. Shanghai 24.8 million

  3. Beijing 21.9 million

  4. Delhi 16.7 million

  5. Istanbul 15.5 million

*However, Chinese cities are more likely a metropolis rather than proper city.

Nakamise shopping street, Asakusa, Taito ward, Tokyo

Shinjuku Gyoen national garden, Shinjuku/Shibuya wards, Tokyo

Tokyo 23 special wards - If Japanese are talking like "I am going to Tokyo next week", this Tokyo does not mean Tokyo metropolis but Tokyo 23 special wards. Probably this is the proper Tokyo. Population is 9.66 million, density 15393 persons/km2. Tokyo 23 special wards is 31st on world cities population ranking.

Japanese top most populated cities.

  1. Tokyo 23 special wards 9.66 million

  2. Yokohama 3.76 million

  3. Osaka 2.75 million

  4. Nagoya 2.33 million

  5. Sapporo 1.97 million

Ryogoku sumo arena, Sumida ward, Tokyo

Tokyo metropolitan police department, Chiyoda ward, Tokyo

Tokyo metropolitan area - Probably tourists from abroad think Tokyo metropolitan area is Tokyo. The population is 37.4 million, then according to UN's definition, Tokyo is the most populous city on Earth. This population includes prefectures belong to Kanto region; Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba which are neighbors of Tokyo metropolis.

World's Top 5 populous metropolitan areas.

  1. Tokyo 37.4 million

  2. Delhi 28.5 million

  3. Shanghai 25.5 million

  4. Sao Paulo 21.6 million

  5. Mexico city 21.5 million

Hokuriku Shinkansen train at Tokyo station

Ship Hikawa-maru at Yokohama port, Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture.

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