Tokyo Culture, Fashion, Lifestyle and Tourism in independent Ueno

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Tokyo Culture, Fashion, Lifestyle and Tourism in independent Ueno

Sarah Deschamps and Hiroshi Saito

Modern Tokyo Times

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The district of Ueno is certainly very diverse and unlike the ultra-modern nature of powerful districts like Harajuku, Omotesando and Shibuya; you have “a raw edge” to Ueno. When it comes to fashion you also have a very independent and street vibe about many parts of the fashion scene. In saying that, many recent changes are being extended in more exclusive areas. Also, the cultural angle to Ueno is extremely powerful and clearly this district is a popular tourist attraction.

If people are asked about their opinion of Harajuku and Omotesando then virtually all people will focus on the positive side to both districts in relation to fashion and architecture. Yet when it comes to Ueno you have many diverse angles to come from which are both positive and negative. This diversity can apply to the majesty of cultural heritage in Ueno, to the opposite direction whereby poverty is visible in the park area.

Ueno is ironically “a poorer brother” to many exclusive areas like Aoyama, Ebisu, Ginza, Omotesando, Yurakucho and other refined areas. However, in the opposite direction you have the cultural angle and clearly Ueno is difficult to surpass because of the many riches that bless this part of Tokyo.

Street fashion is also visible in Ueno because you have many small boutiques to visit and browse around. Similarly, you have many other small sized retail companies selling a host of goods. For individuals who reside in Ueno, then people can develop a sense of community within the small sized companies despite the size of this district being very large. The “working feel” is noticeable and for many people this is a unique allure because other mega areas in Tokyo are more upmarket and seemingly perfect. However, the rugged side of Ueno is creating its own unique environment.

The Ameyokocho bazaar is another side of Ueno which is difficult to find in other parts of Tokyo. This interesting place caters for a whole array of products. It also provides for a different shopping experience and clearly this bazaar area is very popular.

In the opposite direction you have major department stores like Marui which are altering a certain part of Ueno. This more natural angle is endorsing the power of Ueno because the fashion angle caters for a whole host of different styles. Therefore, the choices on offer are extremely diverse and this applies to top notch department stores, independent fashion boutiques, the Ameyokocho bazaar and the seedy part of Ueno whereby you also have a sexual side to fashion.

Cultural wise, then Ueno is blessed with many places to visit. The Tokyo National Museum is an amazing place to visit and enjoy Japanese art, history and culture. Likewise, the Gallery of Horyuji Treasures is a must place to visit if you are interested about Buddhism and the rich heritage of this faith. Also, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art shows the rich diversity of Ueno because this museum focuses on contemporary art.

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Other amazing places to visit apply to the National Science Museum, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Shitamachi History Museum, Tosho-gu-Shrine, Iwasaki Family House, Yushima Tenjin, Ueno zoo and seeing the statue of Saigo Takamori. This famous samurai practiced ritual suicide because of his strong beliefs. Therefore, Saigo Takamori is remembered for many fine qualities related to the reason behind his suicide and what he did prior to this.

Another aspect of Ueno is the “red light area” which is noticeable. This fact is another reason behind the “edgy nature” of Ueno. Yet the amazing diversity of Ueno is also a huge pulling power for many individuals. In truth, Ueno stands out in Tokyo because of many factors which are both positive and negative. However, overall this part of Tokyo is a must place to visit in order to see the mass confusions of modern Tokyo within one vibrant district.

Lee Jay Walker gave guidance and support to both main writers 

http://www.tokyoessentials.com/ueno.html  (about Ueno)

http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/location/regional/tokyo/ueno.html   (info about Ueno)

Lee Jay Walker gave background support

leejay@moderntokyotimes.com

http://moderntokyotimes.com

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