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View Poll Results: Which city is the most Japan-like?
New York City 19 12.34%
Los Angeles 8 5.19%
Chicago 2 1.30%
Seattle 26 16.88%
San Francisco 21 13.64%
San Diego 2 1.30%
Honolulu 38 24.68%
Atlanta 3 1.95%
Other (specify) 2 1.30%
No U.S. city looks like Japan 33 21.43%
Voters: 154. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 03-06-2008, 09:05 PM
 
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Too dirty and too much crime for any American city to "look" like a Japanese city.
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Old 03-06-2008, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO...soon to be in Tokyo
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Honolulu for the people
New York for looks
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Old 03-06-2008, 11:43 PM
 
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Too dirty and too much crime for any American city to "look" like a Japanese city.
Actually that's another similarity between San Diego and a Japanese city, the low crime rate.
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Old 03-07-2008, 01:09 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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My cousin says Tokyo makes New York look like a picnic! Los Angeles has the largest Japanese population but the influence is not Japanese-like. Tourists, and UCLA is full of Asian people. The assimilation is practically complete.
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Old 03-07-2008, 05:24 PM
 
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LA from the sky kind of reminded me Tokyo. Both are giant, sprawling metro areas. Both have relentless low-mid rise sprawl, with little open space, and pockets of commercial high rises spotted all over. Parts of LA have a similar size disparities as Tokyo, for instance: big commercial buildings along busy streets, with single family homes directly behind them. 8 lane freeways literally right next to houses, etc.

Newer areas of Japan dependent on auto transport actually seemed very similiar to American suburbs, particulary denser east/west coast suburbs. big box stores (ok not big like ours, but boxy anyway), parking lots, wide streets, etc. maybe that was the exception though? I believe it was part of Chiba.
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Old 03-08-2008, 01:08 AM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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I honestly don't think NYC looks anything like Tokyo. I've flown between the two cities and I'm always struck by the differences. I've spent a lot of time in Asia and I think there are better comparisons to NYC.

Hong Kong in my mind reminds me a lot more of NYC than Tokyo ever does. I haven't really seen a city anywhere that really strikes me as being similar to Tokyo.

The closest thing to cities that look like Japan are places in Korea or Taiwan. This is only the case because both Korea and Taiwan were Japanese colonies prior to WW-II.

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Honolulu for the people
New York for looks
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Old 03-08-2008, 01:10 AM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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LA's density is nowhere near as high as Tokyo's, I find the comparison to be a little bit of a stretch. Even New York can't compare to Tokyo's density. This is mainly because the Japanese are willing to make due without much room, so you can pack more apartment buildings and homes onto smaller lots.

Also most side streets in residential neighborhoods of Tokyo don't even have sidewalks so this allows city planners to pack the buildings in more densely.

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LA from the sky kind of reminded me Tokyo. Both are giant, sprawling metro areas. Both have relentless low-mid rise sprawl, with little open space, and pockets of commercial high rises spotted all over. Parts of LA have a similar size disparities as Tokyo, for instance: big commercial buildings along busy streets, with single family homes directly behind them. 8 lane freeways literally right next to houses, etc.

Newer areas of Japan dependent on auto transport actually seemed very similiar to American suburbs, particulary denser east/west coast suburbs. big box stores (ok not big like ours, but boxy anyway), parking lots, wide streets, etc. maybe that was the exception though? I believe it was part of Chiba.
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Old 03-08-2008, 01:16 AM
 
Location: New England & The Maritimes
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There are lot of asians in Lexington, MA and San Francisco, CA

They are hard-working and contribute to society most in the race race according to TIME magazine.

I find the city of most Japan-like would be New York because of many large buildings and lights of grand character. However, many Japenese would agree with Dallas, Tx or Los Angeles, CA also as Japan-like.
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Old 03-08-2008, 01:25 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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The best, most accurate view of Tokyo in film is the movie "Lost in Translation". When she looks out the window of her high rise hotel room, it's just one huge mess out to the horizon. Nothing else quite like it.
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Old 11-15-2008, 12:19 AM
 
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Las vegas because of all the lights. Cuturally, I would say San Fran. I think its more chinese than anything though.
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