• Published on Jul 3, 2018
  • Tokyo is the most successful metropolis in the history of the world with 39 million residents, 50% more people than any other urban area. It is the safest big city on the planet and has a two trillion dollar GDP--an economy larger than all but eight entire countries.
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    Our story begins 561 years ago when a samurai warrior built a castle on the shore of a fishing village called Edo. Its rich soil was ideal for growing rice and attracted farmers from far and wide.
    In 1600, the great commander Tokugawa Ieyasu won the Battle of Sekigahara, a pivotal moment in history that secured Edo’s status as the most important place in Japan.
    Unfortunately, the buildings of the expanding city were made of wood and paper, a dangerous combination to confront the warm winds of summer. Legend has it that on one particularly dry afternoon in 1657, a priest made the deadly mistake of burning an unlucky kimono. The fire flared up, ignited his temple, and engulfed 70% of the city. 100,000 people lost their lives.
    Despite the disaster, by the middle of the 19th century Edo’s population was in the millions. That’s when the military shogunate system that had ruled for almost 700 years ended. A new government led by a young emperor finally made Edo the official capital of Japan, renamed it Tokyo, and made the castle his imperial palace. To celebrate his arrival, everyone toasted with rounds of sake on the house.
    Around this time Japan opened up to foreign trade and influence, with Tokyo driving the industrial revolution that was modernizing the country. But rapid development had a cost: a strained natural environment. Forests were razed, pollutants choked the air, and Tokyo’s once pristine waterways grew increasingly toxic.
    It was time for a more conscientious approach. The principle of Satoyama was born, promoting sustainable coexistence with nature, especially in the rice fields covering Japan’s sprawling foothills. Today, a century of conservation has resulted in parks covering 20% of the land in the Tokyo metropolitan area.
    But while the danger from pollution has been largely overcome, one natural phenomenon poses an unavoidable threat: earthquakes. In 1923, an 8.0 magnitude quake rocked Tokyo, devastating the geologically unstable eastern wards of the city. As firestorms engulfed whole neighborhoods, some took advantage of the chaos to target political enemies and minority groups, like Koreans. When the smoke finally cleared, 140,000 people had perished.
    Just twenty-two years later, in 1944, Tokyo was hit again. This time from above by allied air forces who waged a relentless nine month campaign that lasted until Japan’s surrender to end WWII following America’s detonation of two atomic weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. On the worst night of the onslaught, 279 Boeing B-29 Superfortress heavy bombers dropped more than 1,600 tons of explosives on Eastern Tokyo...
    It took generations for Tokyo to completely recover, but today - after more than seven decades at peace - Tokyo is thriving...
    Zee news says in the newspaper that congress should make hawaii renewable like Japan.

Comments • 2 631

  • Salokin
    Salokin 11 months ago +539

    Yes! Glad to see you're still at it! You're one of the few people that looks at global issues in a positive way

    • Pigumon
      Pigumon 10 months ago

      The Daily Conversation FDR was terribly wrong. Fear of how rotten people are is not something to fear, it’s something to motivate.

    • ImAsCoRpIo
      ImAsCoRpIo 11 months ago +4

      my friends and family never understand my positivity and belief that we can achieve great things, they look at problems we're facing with negativity, fear and a sense of hopelessness, so it's really great to find people who look at the future with wonder and don't shy away from it

    • The Daily Conversation
      The Daily Conversation  11 months ago +30

      As the great FDR said, "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself." I have immense, unwavering confidence in the hardworking, intelligent, creative people of our generation to continue building a better world.

  • Carlos Quesada
    Carlos Quesada 12 hours ago

    Nicely done

  • Leonard Andrei
    Leonard Andrei 4 days ago

    New York and Tokyo are like twin brothers!

  • David Hodges
    David Hodges 6 days ago +1

    Cities in japan are so much better than american ones

  • Ziv montenegro
    Ziv montenegro 7 days ago


  • Firman Andriano
    Firman Andriano 9 days ago

    Japan is modern country and never forget tradition

  • Gianni Dibiase
    Gianni Dibiase 11 days ago

    You might want to get your pronunciation of Japanese names and cities right....

  • dimitri
    dimitri 12 days ago

    Sorry we cant do this in the USA, we are too busy spending nearly 800 billion a year on the military 😒

  • Farabi
    Farabi 12 days ago +1

    I am from Bangladesh
    And i really want to visit Tokyo

    • Farabi
      Farabi 10 days ago

      @August Hayek
      And as a person I am deeply apologize for that tragic incident
      in the district of Gulshan holey artisan restaurant i was few blocks away from the place when it happen i also could be the victim and got killed in that place
      But still i am alive

    • Farabi
      Farabi 10 days ago

      Dude you got a huge misunderstanding
      1st of all : we didnt kill any japenis thy are killed by terrorist and terrorist doesnt have any nationality or religion identity
      And 2nd of all : the attack which is held on the Holly artisan restaurant in the district of Gulshan dhaka there are also bangladeshy indian American people killed by the terrorist
      3rd of all : By saying this kind of things doesn't make any sense japen and and bangladesh are really good friend in terms of culturally and economically
      they are one of our biggest ally in our development so why should we hate or dislike japen or japens people tell me ?
      Its true that all the members from the terrorist groups are Bangladeshi but did you know they are all brainwashed by middle Eastern terrorist groups like ISS and did you know
      that all the members from the terrorist group are well educated and come from Noble family even thy didnt have any strong sense of religion most of them are 20 to 26 years old and they are all freaking brainwashed by the name of religion
      Look dude my main point is
      no bangladeshy people didnt kill any japenis people i mean why should we kill japens people
      Thy are our friend our ally
      all the Japanese people are killed on that tragic incident in the holy artisent restaurant are the victim of the
      And we are all the people of bangladesh feelled really bad and sorry about the lost from the deep of our heart we are really sorry
      Bangladesh and japen always was and always will be the best friends in present and future
      so don't comment anything negative that hurt our peoples feelings for japen
      🇯🇵 🇧🇩

    • August Hayek
      August Hayek 10 days ago +1

      Why did you kill the Japanese in the restaurants?

  • NinbendoTV
    NinbendoTV 12 days ago +1

    I wish USA had it's beautiful places but it sadly doesnt

  • Illuminatorofshadow
    Illuminatorofshadow 13 days ago +1

    A "model city" that receives less Google searches than Montreal, Munich, Frankfurt, Warsaw, and many other middle-sized cities around 1-2 mil,%2Fm%2F02h6_6p,%2Fm%2F02z0j,%2Fm%2F081m_,%2Fm%2F07dfk

  • Baqir talpur
    Baqir talpur 15 days ago

    Its extraordinary how even after the most cruel act of america japan never opted to created mass destruction weapons. Instead they are creating things that are and would always help humanity thrive. I have never seen more determined and more humane nation than Japan.

  • Akshath Vijaykumar
    Akshath Vijaykumar 15 days ago

    Respect from Tamil Nadu

  • Tejashree Kadam
    Tejashree Kadam 15 days ago

    Wow best example of how a megacity should be! Future oriented planning excellent! Miraculous

  • Masatoshi Kento
    Masatoshi Kento 15 days ago +11

    Proud of my country🇯🇵❤️🇯🇵❤️

    • NinbendoTV
      NinbendoTV 12 days ago

      I wish I was born in Japan

  • Rory Bush
    Rory Bush 19 days ago +2


  • Gentry Hope
    Gentry Hope 20 days ago

    I am from Ethiopia,I Love Tokoyo so much,but how can I see it?

  • Luis Díaz
    Luis Díaz 21 day ago +1

    The real magic of Tokyo is their people.

  • Tuan Anh Nguyen
    Tuan Anh Nguyen 23 days ago +1

    Discipline, diligence and intelligence are the key factors to facilitating such an impeccable megacity

  • WeylandYutaniInc
    WeylandYutaniInc 26 days ago

    Only the Japanese escaped the western narcissistic cult that has taken over the rest of the world? The Japanese have successfully fended off the poison of the west. Keep going Zen master. :)

  • Cyber craft play gamer
    Cyber craft play gamer 26 days ago +4

    I love Japan 😍😍...get ready for Tokyo Olympics.. I'm going there..🤣🤣

  • yjhm yhj
    yjhm yhj 28 days ago +1

    Tokugawa Ieyasu is pronounced
    Toe Koo Guh Wuh Ee É Yuh Soo
    Edo is not Edoo. It’s É DOE.

    • 5950155
      5950155 15 days ago

      thats what i thought..narrator should know c'mon its only three letters Edo

  • Arizona Tampere
    Arizona Tampere 29 days ago

    So much respect for Japan and it's people.

  • Masanobu Sato
    Masanobu Sato Month ago

    Thank you all !
    I read most of the positive comments about my country and city from you.

  • jrukawa11
    jrukawa11 Month ago

    But cost overruns

  • 菅野忠弘
    菅野忠弘 Month ago

    Tokyo is the best place on earth.

  • 김서준
    김서준 Month ago

    I think Tokyo is the best city in the world

  • Paras Khedekar
    Paras Khedekar Month ago

    What about the horrible mentality above love and ageing population?

    • 5950155
      5950155 15 days ago

      what are yiou trying to say ? not understand your statement..

  • Agent
    Agent Month ago


    • 5950155
      5950155 15 days ago

      after the USA.....NOT....just kidding....Canada aint so bad either...I am Canadian

  • Jordan Grant
    Jordan Grant Month ago

    Would $900 last 7 days in Tokyo just for food and travel costs ?????

  • xHarm The Blink
    xHarm The Blink Month ago +1

    I live here. Come visit. Very nice.

    • 5950155
      5950155 15 days ago

      would love too...but i know i never will...

  • P L
    P L Month ago

    I’m living east Kanto hate this culture, you may should be another, l recommend Kanagawa, west Saitama

  • Drive in Naminori Japan

    I uploaded a driving movie from Narita Airport to Shibuya.
    ‪【Japan Airport Limousine Bus】Narita Airport→Shibuya① (1/7) ‬
    If you come to Narita Airport in Japan, You can check landscape of countryside to City Center from limousine bus.

  • Riffof99
    Riffof99 Month ago +2

    Comparing tokyo with seoul, Tokyo is old, Uncomportable & Slow city. Seoul is advenced, better city than tokyo in most sides. Convinience, Public services, Public System, medical system, medical technology, IT technology, Foods, coultures, living standard, ETC. Tokyo look like 2000s seoul. Tokyo is So Inconvinient in Subway system, transportation system, And So expensive as well. Thanks

    • Chihiro T
      Chihiro T Month ago

      한국은 관광 자원이 없다. 볼 곳도없이 배워야 점도 없습니다. 세계 최고의 문화 강국 일본과 비교하지 마십시오. 한국인은 자국의 경제 붕괴를 걱정해야합니다.

  • Deano Bravo
    Deano Bravo Month ago

    TO KYO! - East of Kyoto Desu...

  • remigio de dios jr
    remigio de dios jr Month ago

    I fell in love wish I stayed and live here felt like a beautiful dream that never happened may 2019 ❤️🙏

  • てきとう
    てきとう Month ago

    Tokugawa aies(i s)🙅‍♀️ とくがわあいえす
    Tokugawa ieyaus(e a)🙆‍♂️ とくがわいえやす 徳川家康
    Sorry for the minor things

  • nippononna
    nippononna Month ago

    Funny Japanese student test answers:
    Q: Change the following into past tense in English: 私は東京に住んでいます
    (I live in Tokyo)
    A: I live in Edo

  • Realistic Man
    Realistic Man Month ago

    Japanese are amazing and centuries ahead of others.

  • happyt happyt
    happyt happyt Month ago +1

    Yokohama is not Japan’s second biggest city. It is Osaka.

    • AJK
      AJK Month ago

      Yes, Yokohama is Japan's second largest city not Osaka.

  • allgoo19
    allgoo19 Month ago

    It's not hard to imagine that Tokugawa Ieyasu never thought the city he started would be this big.

  • alex carter
    alex carter Month ago

    At one time Tokyo pollution was legendary, and look up something called "Minimata Disease" written about by Rachael Carson. So things were bad, but the Japanese saw what they had to do, and did it. Sugoi!

  • sgtdonkey
    sgtdonkey Month ago

    this isnt my fridge

  • Joan Domínguez
    Joan Domínguez Month ago +6

    Love Tokyo...the best city in the world.

  • Safeer Jaffery
    Safeer Jaffery Month ago

    usa real terrorist in the world

  • Thokchom Karan
    Thokchom Karan Month ago +2

    Safest city in the world😘😘😘

    • AJK
      AJK Month ago +1

      Tokyo now has many problems arising from foreigners living in the city. They are rapidly increasing.
      I don't want to see Japan to becme a second Europe or America. The Japanese government is so stupid !!

  • Boxbird572
    Boxbird572 Month ago

    Tokyo has more people than all the people in our country...

  • muu muu
    muu muu Month ago +2

    Tokugawa i-e-ya-su

  • Tony Richengod
    Tony Richengod Month ago +1

    I was in Tokyo last year and I absolutely agree. It is a marvel to behold. So clean, organized, and advanced. The people are polite and helpful. Places like Akihabara and Shibuya wards are visual spectacles. The train system is fantastic. So many people, and yet, you never feel stuck. It is my favorite place in the world. Just walking around randomly is a joy. Can't wait to go back.

  • Jonatan L
    Jonatan L Month ago +1

    Tokyo is beautiful. But i like kyoto!!!

  • sun set
    sun set Month ago +2

    Japan have everything.

  • sun set
    sun set Month ago +3

    Nowhere else in world
    Japan have everyrhing.

  • rAviOLi
    rAviOLi Month ago +1

    From Niigata,Japan
    Tokyo is more high tech than Niigata! Wow

  • 남윤성
    남윤성 Month ago +15

    Greetings from Seoul! I will visit Tokyo in 2020 Olympic Season

    • Ken narville
      Ken narville 2 days ago

      many japanese hates koreans and other foreigners unfortunately

    • BuckheadVolvoS4
      BuckheadVolvoS4 2 days ago

      Thank you very much for your warm comments.. I sincerely wish most of the other Koreans would think the same way as yours, which I'm afraid appears to be a pipe dream.... sad sad...

    • One in a million
      One in a million 8 days ago

      남윤성 ようこそ!welcome🍣( '-' 🍣 )

    • xHarm The Blink
      xHarm The Blink Month ago +2

      I live in Tokyo. I love Seoul so much!

    • gameplay Channel
      gameplay Channel Month ago

      How are y'all over there

  • RPM Internet Dose
    RPM Internet Dose Month ago +9

    Japans another name is


    • allgoo19
      allgoo19 Month ago

      RPM Internet Dose says:
      If you think that way, you've probably never been in sardine trains in the morning.
      I personally lived there for over 4 years but never had to be in the sardine situation.

  • いのっち。
    いのっち。 Month ago

    Tokyo is Phoenix

  • Lisye Witanaya
    Lisye Witanaya Month ago +4

    I'm indonesian..i love tokyo city 😍

    • Lisye Witanaya
      Lisye Witanaya 3 days ago

      @wulfgang have you ever visited indonesia ?

    • wulfgang
      wulfgang 3 days ago

      Absolutely love Indonesia ♥️

  • Thomas Mendes
    Thomas Mendes Month ago +2

    Eu amo a cultura japonesa,amo Tokyo,namoral o Japão mim impressiona.
    Tokyo é estilo são paulo.

  • zyukusi
    zyukusi Month ago +4

    I love Japan😍(from japan)

  • sonepheth vongmanee
    sonepheth vongmanee Month ago +3

    Tokyo is a great city l like it very much

  • Fash Forever
    Fash Forever Month ago +3

    It's successful because it's Japanese, not multicultural.

    • 5950155
      5950155 15 days ago

      well said.... Fash Forever

    • Fash Forever
      Fash Forever Month ago

      Oh, so do you think Tokyo would do better if it had a few million Somalis, a couple Latino districts and a peppering of Semites? @AniMan Melayu

    • AniMan Melayu
      AniMan Melayu Month ago

      That's just your opinion

  • ハッサンSHOHAG
    ハッサンSHOHAG Month ago +2

    2019??. Tokyo🇯🇵


    Please plant some great
    Tress 🎉

  • Jacob Edward Lynch
    Jacob Edward Lynch 2 months ago +3

    Tokyo is probably the greatest city in the world 😍😍

  • ShAdOwMaN
    ShAdOwMaN 2 months ago


  • Nishant Patar
    Nishant Patar 2 months ago +59

    Japan have culture, discipline and mind. So here you have an awesome city and country. Respect from India 😎😎😎

    • wulfgang
      wulfgang 3 days ago

      @Blurred Out Dog yes that was necessary, unless you love those filthy race of degenerates

    • Blurred Out Dog
      Blurred Out Dog 9 days ago

      wulfgang now was that really necessary?

    • 5000 Iq MadLad
      5000 Iq MadLad 21 day ago +3

      wulfgang you’re such a disrespectful piss flap

    • wulfgang
      wulfgang 25 days ago

      unlike your country with dirty, disgusting and poor people.

  • Srinidhi ಶ್ರೀ
    Srinidhi ಶ್ರೀ 2 months ago +12

    ತುಂಬಾ ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿದೆ ನೋಡಲು 👌💝
    🇮🇳 Love from India 🇮🇳

    DAI CHI 2 months ago +2


  • Mait Kshiar
    Mait Kshiar 2 months ago +3

    I feel like im living in the stone age after watching this

  • Tony Bobay
    Tony Bobay 2 months ago +1

    What's even more incredible is that despite having housing construction costs that are 50% higher, their cost of housing is far cheaper than most other large cities throughout the world. Amazing what national zoning can accomplish

  • Abdullah Al Noman
    Abdullah Al Noman 2 months ago +4

    After earthquake and nuclear bombing, the nation has survived and risen again and again. And it maintains its elegance. I thought many people in Japan are depressed. But now I think it is one of the most optimistic ethical nation in the world right now.

  • もーぶー
    もーぶー 2 months ago +1

    Thank you
    From japan

  • けりきっちん
    けりきっちん 2 months ago

    (。ŏ_ŏ) old edo city like a china town .

  • Mopidevi Padmanarasimha
    Mopidevi Padmanarasimha 2 months ago +22

    We like Tokyo
    Love from India.😍😘

  • Amit Ezuthachan
    Amit Ezuthachan 2 months ago +4

    Japan pride of mother earth 💙🇯🇵

  • anggoroprad _
    anggoroprad _ 2 months ago

    0:30 that's Edo from aoe 3 LOL

    • 5950155
      5950155 15 days ago

      i liked that game but Age of Empires 2 is better

  • Ranj 7
    Ranj 7 2 months ago +1

    Tokyo gdp is equal to canada gdp which is the 10th largest gdp in world

    • 5950155
      5950155 15 days ago

      not so sure about that ..i think they are ahead of Canada

  • Carlo Olaer
    Carlo Olaer 2 months ago +4

    Love japan from Philippines ❤️😍😘

  • Batbold Batsaikhan
    Batbold Batsaikhan 2 months ago

    What is beginning music

  • geoff edwards
    geoff edwards 2 months ago

    Yep it's some town.

    ARCH NELSON 2 months ago +1

    The other region in japan is much better than tokyo for me. Tokyo for me is overcrowded but i like how advanced the technologies there.

  • ミランダMiranda
    ミランダMiranda 2 months ago +3

    Tokyo is definitely the best, cleanest and most beautiful place, right?! I am trying to learn Japanese right now so I can move to Japan when I’m older. :) I am in the 8th grade so I have many years ahead of me and enough time to learn Japanese.

  • Jordan Mackenzie
    Jordan Mackenzie 2 months ago +6

    Probably the greatest race of people to ever exist.

    • Ken narville
      Ken narville 16 days ago

      no the most racists and arrogaznts race to exist

  • Collin Bell
    Collin Bell 2 months ago +2

    Note to self. Immigrate from the US to Japan. The 10 years required to do it will be worth it.

  • Mtaalas
    Mtaalas 2 months ago +3

    The power-lines aren't usually installed under the ground in Japan because of the earthquakes. It's much easier to fix everything fast when it fails in earthquake when it's all visible and easily accessible :)
    And that kind of gives that very distinct look to the urban (and other as well) areas of Japan :)

  • sami abdul
    sami abdul 2 months ago

    Tokyo gdp : 1.5 trillion
    India gdp : 2.5 trillion

  • mellowman1001
    mellowman1001 2 months ago

    Population reduction means the Japanese are getting richer - the opposite of a Ponzi scheme.

  • してみたよノーブラ生活

    This video is great study.(from Japan

  • Beyond Eyes
    Beyond Eyes 2 months ago +4

    You should admire Japanese... Not just their infrastructure or advanced technology,but the well disciplined people punctuality and their time management is well organized....they are just superb

  • KiKi
    KiKi 2 months ago +2

    Second largest city is Osaka lol

  • Christopher Motte
    Christopher Motte 2 months ago

    in the U.S. convenience and efficiency are an uber luxury. Our country is full of immigrant european trash who feel they have to be excessive on behalf of the descendants who were mistreated in the past on top of their religious views that everything is a god given right through the constitution which I guess to them is a semi religious document.

    SLACKPLAN9 2 months ago +3

    WhaaA??? Tokugawa "EYE-EE-Yes-oo"?? NO! "EE-EH-YASU" (and the U is either SILENT or said almost under the breath), but I run into that stuff all the time...

  • B
    B 2 months ago

    Physical Wealth coupled with immense spiritual poverty. A conundrum

  • casual guy
    casual guy 2 months ago

    Slavija do tokya

  • Roman Garcia
    Roman Garcia 2 months ago +1

    Tokyo drift Fast and furious

  • killua
    killua 2 months ago

    thank you for calling it football and not soccer

  • HeLLRaiser
    HeLLRaiser 2 months ago +4

    Indeed the most advanced city on planet Earth!

  • Vanessa Vargas
    Vanessa Vargas 2 months ago +24

    NYC use to be my favorite city until I visited Tokyo last year. Being there truly felt like a dream 😍

    • Ken narville
      Ken narville Day ago

      okay , americans are far more honest and welcoming people than japanese

    • Ken narville
      Ken narville 20 days ago

      @Diogo Guedes Ribeiro get reported for harrassment. you have no proof about what you say about them and you don't understand the arrogance who have japanese who refuse to admit their cultural defaults . read jumpmomongaable comments who harrassed me like you do now , you will understand why japanese are just pathetic beings.

    • Diogo Guedes Ribeiro
      Diogo Guedes Ribeiro 20 days ago

      @Ken narville get reported for racism nerd

    • Ken narville
      Ken narville 20 days ago

      @Diogo Guedes Ribeiro it's your fault , as*****. you anger me, so i write badly because i must doing other things than verify my grammar, and you made no good efforts to understand me a little. the stupid internauts of today confound easily politeness and kindness.

    • Diogo Guedes Ribeiro
      Diogo Guedes Ribeiro 21 day ago

      @Ken narville so you're basically lecturing us and insulting us, saying that our opinions are wrong and that you're right, when your sources are FORUMS? Don't debate about something you are completely ignorant about. Literally everyone agrees to say that japanese are *mostly* (mark my words) kind and considerate, by experience. Stop spreading lies, and please get some serious English lessons if you want to argue in English because reading your comments hurts my eyes.

  • Karotara Devshi Karotara Devshi

    Tokyo is so beautiful city and I like Japan. Love from India

  • Insaf Jaleel
    Insaf Jaleel 3 months ago +3

    Tokyo has a much more efficient design than most cities. We could all learn from Tokyo om future city designsm