Why do we love Tokyo ?

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Why do we love Tokyo ? One simple question with multiple answers. Lifestyle, food, architecture, cultural specificities, diversity of people, of course, as every other capital or big city in the world. But, the heart & soul of Tokyo is somewhere else ... in its people.[caption id="attachment_3230" align="aligncenter" width="300"]800px-Tobu_World_Square_Tokyo_Street_2 Credit: Tobu World Square https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tobu_World_Square_Tokyo_Street_2.jpg?uselang=ja[/caption]If you recently arrived here, you will not take long to see that. But to fully realize it you will have to listen carefully.If you do so, you might feel the source of its rhythm and hear, in the midst of the city life's tumult, its silent Kodo - literally meaning heartbeat in Japanese.[caption id="attachment_3222" align="aligncenter" width="300"]799px-Laforet_'Chindon'_Music_Band_-_Harajuku_-_Tokyo Credit: Wikimedia Commons https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Laforet_%27Chindon%27_Music_Band_-_Harajuku_-_Tokyo.jpg?uselang=ja[/caption]

Music Band - Harajuku - Tokyo

To efficiently synchronize with its frequency you need to get closer and immerse yourself in the culture. And, the understanding of Japanese language will be your first stethoscope.A bit muzukashi, indeed, if you start from scratch, but there are hundreds of ways to learn nihongo, paper or computer-based linguistic methods, university or online classes, on your own if you are an autodidact, etc. I am going to share with you the way I prefer: the Tokyo Nihongo Volunteer Network (TNVN).[caption id="attachment_3197" align="alignleft" width="300"]TNVN map Credit: http://www.tnvn.jp/[/caption]

Address: Tokyo Voluntary Action Center, Central Plaza 10F, 1-1 Kaguragashi, Shinjuku-kuZip: 162-0823City: Tokyo

What is the TNVN ? It is a non-profit organization of 67 corporate members, 89 individual members, supported by 8 sponsors, established in December 1993. Not only dedicated to language teaching, they also provide counseling about life in Japan and hold a large range of activities such as workshops, international friendship parties, discovery of traditional Japanese crafts and hobbies.

According to your location in Tokyo, they offer you private or small group lessons at one of their centers, where you can meet people in a "similar boat". And, the exciting thing is that, most of the time, you will have the chance to receive teaching from seniors already retired, who could be your grand-par

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ents. This splendid initiative perfectly symbolizes the organic nature of the city, when your life path comes to converge with the ones of elder people having a lifetime of experience behind them.

Why do we love Tokyo ? For this kind of meaningful experience.

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