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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 03-05-2008, 03:37 AM
 
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What city do you think reminds of Japan, either in appearance, culture, or technology? I can think of a few possibilities. New York City has a Tokyo-like appearance with it's density and skyscrapers. Los Angeles also has some Japanese influence, has a large Japanese population (has a Little Tokyo), although it primarily has more of a Mexican influence and population. Seattle also has a large Japanese population and many Japanese restaurants and stores, as does Honolulu. San Diego also has some Japanese influence, especially with it's technology, but like Los Angeles it primarily has a Mexican influence. San Francisco has more of a Chinese influence, and thus is very comparable to Hong Kong.
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Old 03-05-2008, 03:44 AM
 
Location: Portland, Maine
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I have visited Japan and really no large city in the states reminds me of it. I guess the closest would be NYC with it's density.
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Old 03-05-2008, 06:28 AM
 
Location: Orange, California
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I have visited Japan and really no large city in the states reminds me of it. I guess the closest would be NYC with it's density.
Agreed. There is not really a "Japan-like" city in the U.S. If you are comparing Tokyo, than naturally you would have to go with NYC as the most similar simply b/c it is the largest and densest city in the U.S. Other than that, I guess you could choose the U.S. city with the highest population of Japanese (Seattle or Honolulu sounds right). It's hard enough to compare U.S. cities to places like England and Ireland, much less traditional "Far East" countries like Japan.
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Old 03-05-2008, 07:02 AM
 
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If by "Japan-like", you mean "Xenophobic", then I'd probably pick somewhere in West Texas.
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Old 03-05-2008, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Town of Herndon/DC Metro
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A friend of mine called Tokyo "New York on Steroids"
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Old 03-05-2008, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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Honolulu is the city most influenced by the Japanese.

I dont think any US City reminds me of Japanese cities aesthetically.
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Old 03-05-2008, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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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.

Japan, and Tokyo in particular is a unique place. It is hard to compare it to anywhere else.

Maybe San Francisco is a better fit? I say this althought the density is lower, but the cleanliness is somewhat better and the public transportation looks newer than what we have in NYC.
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Old 03-06-2008, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Both coasts
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crazy comparison. only real way to look at it is which city has proportionately high numbers of Japanese. I'll say Seattle & LA. LA has a "Japantown." But totally different. Most American-Japanese are very different from Japan-Japanese anyways.
Honestly, Waikiki in Honolulu is the most Japan-like. Because of all the Japanese tourists & Japanese characters, etc, etc. But then again Honolulu is unlike any other city on the mainland.
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Old 03-06-2008, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Japanese cities aren't very diverse.
I guess NYC would be most similar but there is no city like a Japanese city...whether thats good or bad...
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Old 03-06-2008, 08:30 PM
 
Location: sd,ca
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Japan is pretty unique/one of a kind. I doubt you'll find an entire city in the US that will remind anyone of Japan. There are Little Tokyos, sushi bars, tea gardens that sort of remind you of JP, but never an entire city.
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