Images of the town of Tokyo. Pictures of the districts of Shibuya, Ginza, Shinjuku. Discover the tower of Tokyo. Good trip to Japan.
Tokyo, officially Tokyo Metropolitan Prefecture (東京 都, Tokyo-to), is de facto the current capital of Japan. It is the most populated prefectures of Japan, with more than 13,831,421 inhabitants intramural in 2018 and 42,794,714 in the agglomeration, and forms the urban area the most populated in the world. Located on the east coast of the main island of the Japanese archipelago, Honshū, Tokyo is one of the forty-seven prefectures of Japan. The main political center of the archipelago since the seventeenth century, the city hosts most of the country's institutions: the main residence of the Emperor of Japan, the Prime Minister, the seat of the Sejm (the Japanese Parliament), the Cabinet, the constituent ministries and all foreign embassies.
Originally, Tokyo was a small fishing village named Edo ("the estuary"). Fortified in the fifteenth century, Edo became the military base of Tokugawa shogun Ieyasu at the end of the sixteenth century, then the capital of his feudal government. During the Edo period (1603-1868), the city developed and became one of the most populous in the world at the end of the eighteenth century, with a population of nearly one million. With the restoration of the emperor in 1868, it is strengthened in its role as the political heart of Japan: the Edo Castle becomes the residence of Emperor Meiji (Kōkyo), and the city acquires its current name as opposed to Kyoto , the old capital. It is ravaged in 1923 by an earthquake of magnitude 7.9 which makes more than 100 000 dead. During the Second World War, it was destroyed half by American aerial bombing. The incendiary bombs set the city on fire and claimed more than 100,000 lives. The city is quickly rebuilt after the war. In the second half of the twentieth century, Tokyo became a world-class metropolis thanks to a strong industrial development - especially in electronics - and saw its population multiplied by ten in fifty years. © Pictures of Emmanuel Buchot
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