Tokyo

A Peep at 10 of the World's Most Popular Red Light Districts

Where urban morals, margins, and mainstream converge — under cover of a neon glow.

Meet 'Strappy,' the Almost-There Future of Urban Transport Technology

Near-field communication — which turns your phone into your fares, ads, and more — has shown both promise and problems.

What Should an Apartment for Motorcyclists Look Like?

Here's how one Tokyo designer imagines it.

Mapping 'Urbicide' in World War II

Wartime cartography shows how U.S. bombing of Japan shifted from military targets to cities in general.

Scenes From the World's Tallest Tower

The Skytree debuts in Tokyo.

The Secret to Tokyo's Rail Success

Fares are nice, but real estate and retail holdings are the main reasons why its private rail companies profit.

The Solar Eclipse on Sunday: Will Your City Be Able to See It?

A yawning black hole opening up in the dead center of the sun is on the bill for May 20.

A New Yorker's (Sadly Lopsided) Scorecard of Tokyo Transportation

Some notes on six weeks of travel in and around Japan's great city.

A Brief History of Observation Towers

As London debuts its newest structural wonder, a tour of its counterparts around the world.

Tokyo's Solar-Powered 'Fireflies'

The city's Hotaru festival uses LED bulbs designed to mimic the light of the insects that once “gemmed” the Sumida River. 

A Robot Grows in Tokyo

The life-size sculpture is an advertisement for a new theme park.

Bicycle Routes Built for a Tiger, Zebra, or Other Zoo Animal

Tokyo cartographers create cycling routes that resemble wild animals.

Subway Platforms From Around the World

As iconic as anything above ground, these subway platforms leave riders with an added sense of the city they serve.

Which Cities Have the Most Global Clout?

New York and London top the list in a new ranking of 66 cities around the world. 

The Cult of the Tokyo Arcade

A video that examines the insular and mysterious arcade culture of Japan.

Why People in Cities Walk Fast

Researchers have proposed a number of theories over the years — from sensory overload to the economic value of time.

Postcard From Tokyo

How the city has changed since the earthquake.

What Does a Subway Entrance Say About its City?

A photographic survey of the world's metro gateways.

Why So Many Romantic Comedies Are Set in Cities

Snapshots of cities most love-inducing qualities.