http: Forlorn Hope: TOKYO

Monday, September 21, 2009


This video makes me pine for another trip to Japan. It's not a flawless video. I wish the filmmaker had committed to a slightly more natural color palette, but overall it conveys a gist of what i love about the city of Tokyo.

I know I seem to post a lot about Japan, but i love that country, and not because I'm some weird geeky fanboy. It's a beautiful land and even their cities seem to have a natural beauty to the way that they're constructed. Tokyo in particular is layered with visual interest, from the ground in front of you to the converging mass of wires and transformers suspended above you. It's a testament to man's ability to create, to build, and to engineer for not just himself, but for society as a whole.

To think that a city the size of Tokyo is able to run as smoothly as it does boggles the mind. If we here in the US were to try to create a city as densely populated it would be overrun by crime, trash and a lack of well functioning services like transportation. And the reason, in my mind, that we wouldn't be able to succeed like Japan has is the culture of individualism that we breed here. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm all for the individual and the ability to create for yourself a world of freedom that brings you peace, but I also believe that we all have a responsibility to society around us to be the very best that we can be within our spheres and within our families, and to contribute to our world instead of selfishly take and take from it without thought to consequences of those around us.

I know that Japan isn't perfect. I don't think there is anywhere in this world that is perfect. I do believe, however, that there are lessons to be learned from their culture and society, just as any culture has. Yes, even ours. I mean, the US does rock it.


At 1:05 AM, Anonymous TransformersAnimated said...

Wow such a cool video that brings back memories for me of last April when I visited Tokyo for the first time. I think you are spot on with your comments on how, though not perfect, there are lessons that so many other cultures / cities can learn from Tokyo. Throughout all my travels I can honestly say Tokyo was one of the most welcoming places in terms of people which, considering the size of the population there, was just amazing.

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