Minato, Tokyo, Japan
Japan's capital, a behemoth dynamo, can keep pace with any imagination. Palace strolls and helicopter rides, anime character actors and jam-packed markets: if Tokyo's neon energy knows a limit, we haven't seen it yet. Given Tokyo's history, the fast-track lifestyle makes perfect sense. The city has been burned down and shaken to her knees so many times that the structures remaining hardly fit in with each other. In the mismatched concrete overdrive, only department stores and ownership changes are constant. Tokyo is the terrifying law of averages, a modern-day Tower of Babel, a testament to the awesome power of the human spirit when allowed to dream and forced to survive. Welcome to the dizzying megalopolis, unconquerable in a single lifetime. Welcome to Tokyo.