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.
Chongqing 32 million
Shanghai 24.8 million
Beijing 21.9 million
Delhi 16.7 million
Istanbul 15.5 million
*However, Chinese cities are more likely a metropolis rather than proper city.
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.
Tokyo 23 special wards 9.66 million
Yokohama 3.76 million
Osaka 2.75 million
Nagoya 2.33 million
Sapporo 1.97 million
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.
Tokyo 37.4 million
Delhi 28.5 million
Shanghai 25.5 million
Sao Paulo 21.6 million
Mexico city 21.5 million