Japanese Cultural Assignment - Shinjuku
Map of Shinjuku （ちず）
I chose to do Shinjuku as my assignment. I chose this place because Shinjuku is one of the most popular business, entertainment and shipping district in Tokyo. It is one of the most busiest places in Japan, and it is a number one suggested place to visit in Japan.
Shinjuku is a large city which lies in the western part of Tokyo, near Shibuya（渋谷） and Harajuku（原宿）. It is a very busy district with flashing neon, giant skyscrapers, huge TV screens and all sorts of different shopping departments. More than 3.5 million people pass through Shinjuku station every day, making it into the top 5 busiest station in the world. Shinjuku station is another mall of itself, consisting of thousands of restaurants and stores underground. The prestigious Waseda University and Okubo, Tokyo's beset known Korean town, are also located in Shinjuku.
It does not cost to get into Shinjuku, but it will cost to get there. The closest station from Homeikan Morikawa Bekkan Ryokan Tokyo, which is the accommodation on 03/10/12, is Tokyo Station. From Tokyo station to Shinjuku station, the subway fare is 190 yen for an adult.
Subway Fare Table
160 yen (Child: 80 yen)
190 yen (Child: 100 yen)
230 yen (Child: 120 yen)
270 yen (Child: 140 yen)
300 yen (Child: 150 yen
The busy, populated and active Shinjuku city we know today all started on March 15, 1947. It is the three wards of Yotsuya, Ushigome and Yodobashi merged together to become what is now known as Shinjuku. Yotsuya and Ushigome were two of the 15 cities of Tokyo, and Yodobashi were divided into four other towns. However, due to the increasing urbanization, the population of the four towns grew almost 62% in 1930, hence the four towns merged together to become one big city. In 1945, Shinjuku station, Yotsuya, Kagurazaka and Takadanobaba were burnt to flames by the Tokyo Air Raid. Tens of thousands of buildings turned into ashes, and the population decreased almost 30%. However, Shinjuku steadily restored itself from this chaos with the reformation of the constitution aiming for the democratic nation. Finally, Shinjuku City was born on March 15, 1947 with the merging of the three wards, Yotsuya, Ushigome and Yodobashi.
Shinjuku is famous for the many attractions it holds. These are the following;
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Tower （東京都庁舎）
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Towers are two massive skyscrapers designed by architect Tange Kenzo. You can see the whole of Tokyo at the top of these buildings, and are known for the beautiful night scenery. Free of admission fee, and the entrance time is 09:30~22:00.
Takashimaya Times Square (新宿タカシマヤ)
Dakashimaya Times Square is a 7 storey shopping mall with many stores, food courts and iMax cinemas. It is a very famous shopping mall of Shinjuku with lots of different kinds of entertainments.
Shinjku Kyoen (新宿御苑)
Shinjuku Kyoen is the largest park in Tokyo, which in the past belonged to the Japanese imperial. You can enjoy the nature and the openness which is not common in the middle of a busy city like Tokyo. It is designed with three different styles, English, French and Japanese, and they are the prettiest in April with the cherry blossoms and in November when the early Chrysanthemums blossom. It is located opposite Dakashimaya Times Square.
Donkihote/Tokyu Hands (どんきほて、ときゅう Hands） These are large cheap stores where you can virtually find everything. Some of them are very cheap and you can find almost everything you need.
Department Stores (げいお, おだきゅう, まるい)
You can experience the skyscraper high department stores that consist of every single stores you can imagine. They are the typical Asian department stores with more than 10 levels...
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