Monocle Magazine launched in 2007, and has since become famous for its annual Quality of Life rankings of global cities. Tokyo has steadily risen up the ranks of Monocle's list until finally this year it occupies the top spot. So what is it about Tokyo the largest city in the world known for crammed trains during the morning commute that makes it so special?
Here's what Monocle says,
The new and worthy winner. Monocle has made no secret of its love for Tokyo over the years. It manages to do something no other global metropolis can: provide a great quality of life for those who live there, and also visit. From culture to security, [from] food to courtesy, it has everything covered. London and New York: take note.
Tokyotecture couldn't agree more with Monocle's synopsis. On our walks we always make it a point to rave about the surprisingly easy going nature of Tokyo life. The train lines are unfathomably extensive making it easy to get around for locals and tourists. And there's no need to worry about any seedy, or unseemly areas of the city, day or night.
If you're visiting Tokyo remember to partake in Food, Fashion and Festivals.
Food: There's something for everyone. The usuals hits like sushi and ramen are good to have. But even folks who aren't into those dishes can find a wide variety of visually mesmerizing, tastebud delighting food.
Fashion and design: Brands, brands, brands. Major retailers compete for attention in popular shopping areas by commissioning the world's top architects to design buildings that will showcase their brand and stand out from the crowd. The result are several major shopping areas with high-end shopping and high-end architecture.
People are quite fashion conscious here. They are not shy about partaking in brand identity clothing and lifestyles. And the women especially tend to dress in their nicest as a daily practice. On the surface it may seem like there's a lot of competition to look better than the rest, but in the end it creates a great atmosphere.
Festivals: Japan is steeped in tradition and there's often a festival or two, or twenty going on around Tokyo. There are several public holidays throughout the year to take the edge off of the 45-hour salaryman workweek. There's even a holiday called Mountain Day, starting in 2016 to celebrate mountains. Yeah not any specific mountain like say, Mount Fuji. Just mountains, just because.
If you're curious about the other 24 cities on Monocle's list check out the 10 min video here.
Or have a look at the list below. (Spoiler alert)
Monocle Magazine's 2015 Quality of Life Rankings