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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%
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Honolulu for sure, maybe LA next
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Old 11-28-2012, 05:05 PM
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Even New York doesn't remind me a lot of Japan. When I've gotten back from Japan and flown into JFK I'm always struck by how dirty NYC is, and how the density is MUCH lower in comparison.
But it's not, at least in the central regions. Manhattan has a density of 26,000 / sq km with 1.6 million people. Not a single district in Tokyo is that dense:

Special wards of Tokyo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

And within Manhattan, the Upper East Side has 210,000 people and a density of 46,000 / sq km, far above anything in Tokyo. The density of Tokyo doesn't drop as much, though. The 23 wards of Tokyo have about the same population as New York City but a third higher density, higher not definitely not much higher.
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:13 PM
 
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Tokyo feels more massive than New York.
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn, New York
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But it's not, at least in the central regions. Manhattan has a density of 26,000 / sq km with 1.6 million people. Not a single district in Tokyo is that dense:

Special wards of Tokyo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

And within Manhattan, the Upper East Side has 210,000 people and a density of 46,000 / sq km, far above anything in Tokyo. The density of Tokyo doesn't drop as much, though. The 23 wards of Tokyo have about the same population as New York City but a third higher density, higher not definitely not much higher.
Tokyo's core 23 wards have about the same density as Brooklyn.

Tokyo 14,061 /sq km
Brooklyn 14,037 /sq km

So both Staten Island and Queens have to achieve current Brooklyn density for the 2 cities to be equally dense.
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Tokyo feels more massive than New York.
I've once heard Tokyo described as New York City on steroids
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Old 11-30-2012, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Tokyo feels more massive than New York.
Considering that Tokyo's metro is the size of New York and Los Angeles metros put together that's no surprise.
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Old 11-30-2012, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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San Francisco has very similar trees and shrubbery as what I see of Japan on TV and such.
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Tampa, Florida
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I don't think anything here compares to this. In fact, this video reminds me of several video games...


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Old 11-30-2012, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Keizer, OR
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In terms of natural setting, I think Portland fits the bill. I remember being in the tea garden in Washington Park, and looking down and seeing the big city below from all the nature and historical artifacts. From what I know this type of contrast in scenery is common in Japan.

Seattle has a futuristic looking skyline which could vaguely resemble a Japanese city.

On a side note, Portland and Seattle are sisters with Sapporo and Kobe respectively.
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:23 PM
 
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I've once heard Tokyo described as New York City on steroids
There are similarities. Manhattan is more consistently tall than any district in Tokyo (like Shinjuku or Minato).

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Considering that Tokyo's metro is the size of New York and Los Angeles metros put together that's no surprise.
I wasn't really talking about the metro, though. Yokohama is a huge city right next to Tokyo. There are a couple other large cities near Tokyo as well. But Tokyo alone feels more massive than New York.
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