I went to Tokyo for the first time in 6 months. Wow! It is a big city. As I am from Tokyo and grew up here I had never felt Tokyo to be exciting, but coming back from rural Hino town, Tokyo certainly has a vibrant energy.
This is Ginza Six, a newly opened department store which is catching attention of many and is one of must-visit-spots in Tokyo now.
I wonder how many spots like this have opened in the last 20 years or so. Ebisu Garden Place, Roppongi Hills, Omotesando Hills, Maru Bulding, Odaiba, and many more if I include places in Yokohama and Chiba.
Do we really need these places anymore?
Some people want to develop Tokyo further for 2020 Olympics and they seem to have the same mentality as the people who wanted to develop Tokyo for 1964 Olympics. Around that time Japan entered the period of high economic growth, but now we have reached its peak and have witnessed the consequences of the growth such as the accident of a nuclear power station. Do they still have the same mentality?
If you continue to do what you have always done, you will continue to get what you have always got. This is a common phrase used in NLP. Albert Einstein said something similar: “Problems cannot be solved with the same mind-set that created them.”
If we are perceiving success in the same way as the people in the 20th century did, we will end up creating the same problem.
If we want to evolve as the human species, we need to rewrite our motivational success philosophies because our goal is different. To aim a lifestyle in Satoyama cities based on circulation, we need new approaches.