Tokyo. I have been studying Japanese for three years now, but I realized that I know absolutely nothing about this location. So, a mere four days before I come face to face with the poster child of Asia, I have decided to share some of the basics of Japan and Tokyo.
HOW BIG IS JAPAN? WHERE IS TOKYO?
Tokyo is located at the mid-point of Japan (✪).
|Image created by Soohyun Yang using image sources from www.freeusandworldmaps.com and www.abcteach.com|
Tokyo is one of the 47 prefectures in Japan. However, it is best known for its "23 special wards" (23区 nijūsan-ku) in Southern Tokyo. Nearly 7% of the nation's entire population (8.97 million people) lives here in the metropolis.
Information source: http://www.metro.tokyo.jp/
|Image source: www.tokyomap.com|
SOO IN JAPAN
I will be living in Koto-ku. However, my school is in Shinjuku-ku, which is roughly a 30-40 minute commute via metro.
I'm really old school, so I prefer following maps over the GPS. Either way, I'll probably accompany my blog posts on different excursions with maps to keep everyone locationally aware.