Urbani izziv Volume 32, No. 1, June 2021
Univerza v Tokiu, Tokio, Japonska
A city at a turning point
Tokyo is a megacity that, in the seemingly distant pre-Covid-19 era, was globally considered a metropolis of haute cuisine, as well as a global hub in many other respects, thus attracting people from around Japan and the globe for shorter or longer stays. As a result, Tokyo is also a megacity that, due to ongoing development, is changing so rapidly that its transformation often surprises even the locals if or when they manage to get off the beaten track of their everyday lives. In their book Creativity in Tokyo: Revitalizing a mature city, the spatial sociologist Matjaž Uršič and the cultural studies scholar Heide Imai discuss how Tokyo residents (creatively) respond to the rapid changes and the fact that, in the race to become a major global financial center, the city is being flooded by non-places.