Jan 06 2011

What to do in Tokyo

Category: Japan TourismIchiban @ 2:30 am

Let Hikosaemon tell you the best spots to go to in and around Tokyo and then check out his Youtube channel.

All in this map: MAP
Must See Places in Tokyo:
Ueno (Ameyoko Markets)
Asakusa (Sensoji Temple)

Hiko’s Favorite Spots in Tokyo
Shimo Kitazawa

Recommended Restaurants in Kagurazaka/Iidabashi

A kind of Japanese/Italian fusion in an old fashioned Japanese home.
In a bit of a backstreet, but GREAT food

French Dining
Iidabashi french food – good prices, good food

Yves Terrace
French again, but specializes in grilled rotisserie chicken and food

Dj Esoph – Xilopsycho Beat
Album Beat Source vol.1

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Jan 11 2010

Coming of Age Day

Category: Japan RelatedIchiban @ 10:45 pm

Falling birth rate raises problem for Japan

Coming of age day

Japanese 20-year-olds celebrate their Coming of Age day all around the country. It is the age at which they are allowed to drink alcohol and vote in elections

Tokyo, Japan – Today is a joyous national holiday in Japan known as the Coming of Age Day. The day marks the time when girls and boys become women and men.

Young people celebrate Coming of Age Day in Tokyo.

All over Tokyo, young women who are turning 20 this fiscal year are decked out in the fanciest, brightest, and most expensive kimonos you’ll ever see. Young men show up in the sharpest (and likely their first) black suit. The women are adorned with all the stylings of youth: huge hair, flowers, furs and silk. You have to forgive them if they’ve gone a bit over the top — you only become an adult once in Japan.

At the Shibuya ward office, 1450 people arrived at the important Coming of Age Day this January 11, 2010. Compare that number to years past, and you get a glimpse into one of Japan’s most pressing economic problems.

Five years ago, Shibuya ward had 1,917 people turn 20. Ten years ago, that number was 2,462. Twenty years ago, it was 4,380. That’s a steady decline in 20 years, down almost 70 percent. The number of young people is declining, not just in Shibuya, but all over Japan.

The birth rate in Japan is 1.37, among the lowest in the world. Japanese women, in survey after survey, report they’re holding back from having children because of the lack of daycare, inequity of domestic duties in marriage, career concerns and the high cost of living in Japan.

At the same time, the number of elderly is growing. By 2050, Japan’s government predicts 40 percent of its population will be over the age of 65. It’s a crippling population problem which analysts say will make this current recession and recovery look like a brief hiccup.

Japan celebrates its young today. But the joy diminishes every year.

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