Tokyo, located at the southern tip of the Kanto Plain on the Japanese island of Honshu, is the capital and largest city of Japan, as well as its political, economic, cultural and transportation center. In November 2018, the World City Rankings were released and Tokyo was named an Alpha+ city. Tokyo is ranked as the number one city in Asia in terms of overall strength, and is ranked internationally, alongside London, New York and Paris as one of the four dominant global cities in the developed world.
As the capital of Japan, Tokyo presents many of the characteristics of a cosmopolitan city. Being fashionable, prosperous yet still quaint and traditional, Tokyo is a world-class commercial and financial center, a trend-setter in Asia, and a city of art. Warm and friendly izakaya (bars) at the back of cozy alleyways, Shitamachi areas (residential areas) filled with common citizens, and a fusion of ACG culture, high-tech, and different cultures add variety and inclusiveness to modern Tokyo.
As one of the most economically developed and affluent cities in the world, Tokyo has long been known and loved by people around the world. Everyone coming to the city can satisfy their hearts' desire. Shopping lovers hang around shops in Shinjuku, Shibuya and Ginza, and can't get enough of the cutting-edge design brands. Diners can search for top-notch delicacies from around the globe as well as local Japanese specialties. ACG culture lovers will never return empty-handed from the 'Nerd Meccas' of Akihabara and Odaiba, the heavens for Otaku fans. People who are fond of classic Japanese culture can also attend Summer Matsuri and Firework Display in their kimonos. People are easily overwhelmed in this city by a perfect combination of tradition and modernity.
In addition to the city's robust economic and cultural strengths, Tokyo is also experienced in hosting international sports events. In 1964, Tokyo's hosting of the 18th Olympic Games was a great success. It was the first Olympics held in an Asian city. Only three years later, Tokyo welcomed the 5th Summer Universiade.
From August 27 to September 4, 1967, 938 athletes from 37 countries and regions came for the Tokyo Universiade. With the successful experiences from 1964 Tokyo Olympics so fresh in everyone's minds, the quality of the Tokyo Universiade was broadly assured. The Japanese are well-respected and widely acknowledged for their care and thoroughness when hosting such events.
Tokyo won the right to host the 32nd Summer Olympic Games by a huge margin of 24 votes over its rivals at the 125th Plenary Session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at 4 a.m. Beijing time on Sept. 8, 2013. Tokyo is set to host the Olympics for the second time, following its success in 1964, becoming the fifth city in the world and the first in Asia to host the Summer Olympics at least twice.
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