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Tokyo, a city of 30 million, is a place where traditions and modern inventions live together.From the Tokyo Tower one can see only skyscrapers, palaces made of concrete and glass,multi-level highway junctions and monorail expresses. But under the neon lights there are stillrickshaw runners pulling their carts and geishas walking in their wooden shoes. Theornamented pagodas, the Japanese gardens, the calm Shintoist sanctuaries tell us about theage of shoguns and ninjas. The digital cameras and the swords of the samurais can be foundat the same store. In the restaurants one can have sushi, sukiyaki and tempura sitting on atatami, using chopsticks. We can take a look at the masterpieces of ikebana and origami andthe pictures painted on rice paper. The travelers can take a trip to the ancient city of Kyoto, tothe giant Buddha of Kamakura, to the warm springs and to the Sacred Mountain, Fujiyama,where the cherry trees are blossoming at the foot of the hills...Tokyo Teleport,DocksShiba Park, Tokyo TowerMeiji Shrine ParkAsakusaThe Tokyo UndergroundAkihabaraUeno ParkKebukuroKyotoFujiyamaAshi-lakeOwakudaniKamakura

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  • Producers: Shepherd Entertainment, Cities of the World
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: TravelVideoStore.com
  • DVD Release Date: November 11, 2009
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B002W6506E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #451,954 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Eric Johnson on April 1, 2010
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This has the potential to be a useful pre-travel video, because it shows lots of daily life -- how people look on the street, what the train stations and trains look like, etc.

Unfortunately the video quality itself is fairly low, looking as if it were shot with a consumer grade camera, and when there are video effects (such as speeding up a train journey) they look jerky as if they were created in iMovie or worse.

The narration is just bewildering. Speaking continuously for an hour, the narrator has a flat American accent but uses odd British words and pronounces Japanese names in ways that are not standard for Japanese or English. I seriously thought the voice might be computer generated until I saw the end credits. The text of the narration contains run on sentences and strange asides -- it sounds like an 8th grader's social studies report, heavily cribbed from guidebooks and travel brochures.

As if to prove that the whole is less than the sum of its parts, the narration and the video often seem to be out of sync with each other, so it's constantly hard to tell whether you're looking at the place described, someplace visible from the place described, or someplace else entirely.
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