Has urbanization had a positive effect on Japanese society?

Urbanization. The word reminds me of Tokyo, which is the capital of Japan. I had lived in Tokyo for 6 years from the beginning of my 20s to the middle of it, and the experience is one of the greatest experiences for me because I could feel and sense a lot of things every day. To a country boy who was born in Hokkaido’s rural city, everything seen in Tokyo was almost shocking. Simply, the amount of information was very different. You can say it is the difference of “cultural capital”. The moment when I first saw Shibuya(one of the busiest area in Tokyo), the words I hit upon at that time was, “Wow. I could finally make sense that everyone was here”.

I really owe Tokyo. Thanks to Tokyo, I could somehow understand how the Japanese world is made up and could realize the difference between rural areas and Tokyo areas. One of what I found out was that everyone, ultimately, is the same human being. Tokyoites and Hokkaidoers are the same, and of course, it is. Therefore, I was able to decide that I can graduate from Tokyo after 6 years of living. Due to this pandemic, ZOOM or digital transformation has been occurring, and the situation has been changing day by day. One thing that I can say is that it is an era that we can live where we want to live and do whatever we want to do. You can do anything which seems that you can only do in Tokyo in Hokkaido now thanks to the technologies. Therefore, there is no need for urbanization. Once you have a smartphone in your hand, you are urbanized and globalized at the same time.

Author: Tomoharu Watanabe

Hi there. I'm 28 years old Japanese guy who currently live in northern part of Japan; Hokkaido, and a high school English teacher. Love reading books and watching movies and especially traveling around the world. Playing the guitar and kendo (Japanese traditional martial arts) is also my pastime.

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