FUMIE KIM, FORMER CNN INTERN
I'm a former intern CNN. We are now at Kagurazaka. It is a very local place. You'll never find this place in any kind of guidebook. Believe it or not, this neighborhood used to be much bigger than Ginza or Shinjuku or Shibuya.
This is the famous shrine in Kagurazaka. This is the red shrine. Back then there used to be a lot of geishas, entertainers, performers came to this shrine and said their prayers.
REMO CAMEROTA, GRAFFITI ARTIST
I came from Australia three years ago to do a book called Graffiti Japan. I'm a photographer and graffiti artist.
I would imagine they probably got a couple of thousand dollars to paint, but often the graffiti artists do it for free as well, because they're gonna get their work up big in front of everyone in Tokyo.
In Japan there are two types of graffiti work. You've got the guys who go out bombing and doing it illegally，and then you've got the commissioned graffiti work, pieces like this where you can... You only have to look at it and realize it is actually a serious... uh, an art form. This kind of stuff is done by professionals and this kind of work takes years to accomplish, and that's the difference between people bombing the streets and just writing their name.
There's definitely a cultural buzz happening here which it seems like... it almost seems like the center of the world for creativity.
JULIAN WORRAL, ARCHITECT
Omotesando is essentially Tokyo's fashion parade. It's a gigantic catwalk for the fashionable and the sophisticated in the city. You've got the global brands all lining up and down this boulevard. This is the main drag, the main boulevard, but just behind the first row of buildings-just in the back streets here-you find a completely different world. It's a much more intimate network of little lanes, quirk shops, cafés. So, it's a much more kind of human quality in the back streets.
Tokyo's an interesting place to live because the buildings are always changing, I mean much more rapidly than in any other city I've been in. It's almost like they're disposable, but the pattern of that change seems to be rather stable. 50, it's like a river. You're seeing the water rushing by all the time, but the river is always there. That's really the best way I can think of the experience of being in Tokyo. It's like it's continually changing, but it's somehow eternally the same.
Mostly the city looks kind of random and Chaotic，but if you get down to the human scale, it actually gets very sensitive and quite responsive. It's a kind of a model of what a 21st century city could be. It feels traditional but also very, very modern, very contemporary. And it's actually much more comfortable to live in than I think many people who haven't visited Tokyo might expect.
The Japanese sometimes use the word nurui, which means lukewarm. It's like a bath that's not too hot, it's not too cold. It's very comfortable to be in. And in fact, many people never leave.
Notes and Vocabulary
1. metropolis n. 大都会;首府
例：New Orleans is the metropolis of the American South.
2. intern n. 实习者;见习生
例：...a medical intern.
3. shrine n. 圣地;神店，神龛
例：The monument has been turned into a shrine to the dead and the missing.
4. graffiti n. 涂画;涂鸦
例：Buildings old and new are thickly covered with graffiti.
5. bomb v. 绘制涂鸦
6. commission v. 正式委托
例：The Department of Agriculture commissioned a study into organic farming.
7. professional n. 专业人士;专家
例：My father wanted me to become a professional and have more stability.
8. buzz n. (愉快、兴奋或成就的)强烈情感
9. essentially adv. 本质上;基本上
例：It's been believed for centuries that great writers, composers, and scientists are essentially quite different from ordinary people.
10. gigantic adj. 巨大的;庞大的
例：In Red Rock Valley the road is bordered by gigantic rocks.
11. catwalk n. (时装秀的)狭长表演台;伸展台
12. fashionable adj. 流行的;时髦的
例：It became fashionable to eat certain kinds of fish.
13. sophisticated adj. 老练的;见过世面的
例：These people are very sophisticated observers of the foreign policy scene.
14. drag n. [俚]街道;道路
15. intimate adj. 亲密的;密切的
例：I discussed with my intimate friends whether I would immediately have a baby.
16. quirky adj. 古怪的
例：We've developed a reputation for being quirky and original.
17. disposable adj. 用后即丢弃的;可自由支配的
例：Gerald had little disposable income.
18. eternally adv. 永恒地;常常
19. chaotic adj. 混乱的;杂乱的
例：My own house feels as filthy and chaotic as a bus terminal.
20. scale n. 等级;级别
例：...an earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale.
21. responsive adj. 反应热烈的;热情的
22. contemporary adj. 当代的;现代的
例：She writes a lot of contemporary music for people like Whitney Houston.
23. lukewarm adj. 不冷不热的;温和的
例：Wash your face with lukewarm water.