There are pros and cons to raising a child in the heart of one of the most densely populated places on the planet.

The best part? There are few safer, cleaner and more smoothly functioning cities than Tokyo, a metropolis that constantly strives for the perfect balance between futuristic progress and a local sense of livability (not to mention sushi on tap).

The downside? The lack of space, more concrete than green and that unspoken code of urban restraint that exists in all cities, in contrast to the unshackled sense of freedom experienced by young children in rural settings.