Satoko Kawasaki

For Satoko Kawasaki's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Ginza: Tokyo's beacon of prosperity

| Jan 4, 2015

Ginza: Tokyo's beacon of prosperity

Ginza, Tokyo’s posh shopping and entertainment district, has delighted visitors for over a century with high-end shops selling everything from jewelry and clothing to sweets and stationery. But the Ginza area was once part of the sea. Reclaimed during the Edo Period (1603-1867) as ...

Glimpses of Ryogoku, Japan's sumo wrestling mecca

| Aug 31, 2014

Glimpses of Ryogoku, Japan's sumo wrestling mecca

Home to the Kokugikan sumo stadium, Tokyo’s Ryogoku district in Sumida Ward has long been known as the mecca of the sport. Around the stadium, where three of the six national tournaments are held every year, are stables where rookie and veteran wrestlers alike ...

Asakusa paints traditional Tokyo in a popular light

| Jul 7, 2014

Asakusa paints traditional Tokyo in a popular light

As one of Japan’s representative tourist destinations, the Asakusa district never ceases to attract people looking for a taste of traditional downtown Tokyo. The 30 million visitors it draws each year are a testament to its popularity. Typically, an Asakusa tour starts by entering ...

Fashionable Shibuya is a magnet for youths

| May 4, 2014

Fashionable Shibuya is a magnet for youths

Known as the town for young people, Tokyo’s Shibuya district is the capital’s center of youth fashion and culture. It also attracts crowds of tourists from home and abroad. Shibuya is best known for its “scramble crossing” near the north exit of JR Shibuya ...

Bustling Shinjuku, the inn district that never sleeps

| Jan 5, 2014

Bustling Shinjuku, the inn district that never sleeps

Tokyo’s Shinjuku district never goes to sleep. Centered around a gigantic complex of railway terminals used by a mind-boggling 3.5 million commuters daily, Shinjuku has everything a megalopolis needs — world-class skyscrapers, shopping and night-time entertainment spots. Shinjuku traces its roots back 300 years ...

Tsukiji's final days

| Nov 3, 2013

Tsukiji's final days

Tsukiji, Japan’s largest and busiest fish market, has sold fresh marine produce for more than half a century. Tourists the world over show up at dawn to get a glimpse of its busy fishmongers at work in Chuo Ward, Tokyo. With fish coming in ...