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Old 06-06-2011, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Macao
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Without a doubt: Tokyo.

I was born and raised in Tokyo, so I'm biased. I was just telling my husband how much I miss it. I left Japan when I was 18, and at that age, I didn't truly appreciate it. Now that I'm older, I wish I would've spent more time exploring and learning.

I can't speak for Hong Kong, but Nyc reminds me a lot of Tokyo, and for that reason, I love Nyc, as well.
Hong Kong reminds me even more of New York City. Mostly because of the many skyscrapers.

That being said, Tokyo is a massive massive city as well. Both are large dense cities. But HK seems to have a greater concentration of large skyscrapers more like you'd see in NYC.

Tokyo has them too, but I tend to think of Tokyo more from its Shibuya, Shinjuku types of areas, which have a completely different feel - which I also quite like - as everyone does.
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Old 06-07-2011, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Lake Forest Round Rock, Tx
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Hong Kong reminds me even more of New York City. Mostly because of the many skyscrapers.

That being said, Tokyo is a massive massive city as well. Both are large dense cities. But HK seems to have a greater concentration of large skyscrapers more like you'd see in NYC.

Tokyo has them too, but I tend to think of Tokyo more from its Shibuya, Shinjuku types of areas, which have a completely different feel - which I also quite like - as everyone does.
I've never been to Hong Kong, so I can't make the comparison. I was more or less referring to the billboards in Tokyo - mainly the Ginza area. They remind me a lot of Times Square. As a matter of fact, I believe Ricoh has erected a billboard in Times Square that looks like the billboard in Ginza. Hong Kong may very well have the same types of billboards.

I love Shibuya and Shinjuku, but as I've gotten older, I've become more of a Ginza type girl....joined my mother's crowd. LOL
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Old 06-07-2011, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Macao
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I've never been to Hong Kong, so I can't make the comparison. I was more or less referring to the billboards in Tokyo - mainly the Ginza area. They remind me a lot of Times Square. As a matter of fact, I believe Ricoh has erected a billboard in Times Square that looks like the billboard in Ginza. Hong Kong may very well have the same types of billboards.

I love Shibuya and Shinjuku, but as I've gotten older, I've become more of a Ginza type girl....joined my mother's crowd. LOL
Yeah, true about those billboards.. There is a Times Square feel there.
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Old 06-07-2011, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Lake Forest Round Rock, Tx
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Yeah, true about those billboards.. There is a Times Square feel there.
The bright lights still excite me to this day.

How do you like Osaka thus far?
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:05 PM
 
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The bright lights still excite me to this day.

How do you like Osaka thus far?
Osaka has that same 'Times Square feel' at Namba. Surrounded by lights, billboards, tall bulidings and a small river running underneath it as you stand on a small little bridge taking it all in.

One of my favorite parts of Japan, by far.
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Old 06-08-2011, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Lake Forest Round Rock, Tx
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Osaka has that same 'Times Square feel' at Namba. Surrounded by lights, billboards, tall bulidings and a small river running underneath it as you stand on a small little bridge taking it all in.

One of my favorite parts of Japan, by far.
Sounds nice. In my 16 years of living in Japan, I never visited Osaka. What a shame. I was a kid, and I didn't appreciate the country as much as I should have. As an adult, I find myself trying to play "catch up,' and my trips to Japan have become less frequent.

I hope to get a chance to visit Osaka one day.

Enjoy your stay!
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Old 06-08-2011, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Spain
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Osaka has that same 'Times Square feel' at Namba. Surrounded by lights, billboards, tall bulidings and a small river running underneath it as you stand on a small little bridge taking it all in.

One of my favorite parts of Japan, by far.
I was reading a rather somber article several months ago about Japan's unfortunate and bleak economic situation and how most of its cities (aside from Tokyo) have suffered and have lost much of their luster since the economic boom of the '80s. I don't know if you've been there long enough to make a comparison but does Osaka seem kind of...dilapidated? I don't know a better word to use.
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Old 06-08-2011, 10:54 AM
 
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Hong Kong
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Old 06-08-2011, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Macao
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I was reading a rather somber article several months ago about Japan's unfortunate and bleak economic situation and how most of its cities (aside from Tokyo) have suffered and have lost much of their luster since the economic boom of the '80s. I don't know if you've been there long enough to make a comparison but does Osaka seem kind of...dilapidated? I don't know a better word to use.
Osaka feels 'lived in'...not shiney and new like Tokyo.

I have a feeling that Osaka looked 'lived in' during the height of the bubble as well though.

(I visited Osaka several times in the 1990s, and more or less looks the same).
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Old 06-08-2011, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Manhattan
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I gotta ask, is tokyo as futuristic as people think it is and does it have like 10 time squares?
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