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21051 Tokyo is an Architecture set that was released on January 1, 2020 under the Skyline Series.

Description

The set includes six buildings main structures. The first building from the left is the Tokyo Tower, a white and orange tower that is the second highest tower in Japan and a major tourist attraction. The second building is the Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower, an education tower with three universities inside and the second tallest educational institute in the world. The third building is Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery (named in the set as Chidorigafuchi Park), a controversial Japanese war cemetery for unidentified soldiers. The fourth building is the Shibuya Crossing, an extremely famous crossing in the Shibuya crossing district that is analogous to Times Square. The fifth building is the Tokyo Skytree, the tallest structure in Japan and the second tallest structure in the world. It is used for digital terrestrial broadcasting, as the Tokyo Tower was not tall enough to do so. The final structure is the Tokyo Big Sight, a large convention center in Tokyo that is the largest convention center in Japan.

Background

Tokyo, officially Tokyo Metropolis, is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan. It has served as the Japanese capital since 1869, its urban area housing the Emperor of Japan and the Japanese government. Tokyo forms part of the Kantō region on the southeastern side of Japan's main island, Honshu, and includes the Izu Islands and Ogasawara Islands. Tokyo was formerly named Edo when Shōgun Tokugawa Ieyasu made the city his headquarters in 1603. It became the capital after Emperor Meiji moved his seat to the city from Kyoto in 1868; at that time Edo was renamed Tokyo.[11] The Tokyo Metropolis formed in 1943 from the merger of the former Tokyo Prefecture (東京府 Tōkyō-fu) and the city of Tokyo (東京市 Tōkyō-shi). Tokyo is often referred to as a city but is officially known and governed as a "metropolitan prefecture", which differs from and combines elements of a city and a prefecture, a characteristic unique to Tokyo.

Tokyo is considered to be one of the world's most important and powerful global cities. The 23 Special Wards of Tokyo were formerly Tokyo City. On July 1, 1943, it merged with Tokyo Prefecture and became Tokyo Metropolis with an additional 26 municipalities in the western part of the prefecture, and the Izu islands and Ogasawara islands south of Tokyo. As of October 1, 2015, the population of Tokyo is estimated to be over 13.4 million, or about 11% of Japan's total population, making it Japan's most populous city. The latest estimate in 2019 shows the growing population of Tokyo with 13.9 million people, with the special wards 9.6 million, the Tama area 4.2 million, and the Islands 25,147. The prefecture is part of the world's most populous metropolitan area called the Greater Tokyo Area with over 40 million people and the world's largest urban agglomeration economy. As of 2011, Tokyo hosted 51 of the Fortune Global 500 companies, the highest number of any city in the world at that time. Tokyo ranked third (twice) in the International Financial Centres Development Index. The city is home to various television networks such as Fuji TV, Tokyo MX, TV Tokyo, TV Asahi, Nippon Television, NHK and the Tokyo Broadcasting System.

Tokyo ranks first in the Global Economic Power Index and third in the Global Cities Index. The GaWC's 2018 inventory classified Tokyo as an alpha+ world city  – and as of 2014 TripAdvisor's World City Survey ranked Tokyo first in its "Best overall experience" category (the city also ranked first in the following categories: "helpfulness of locals", "nightlife", "shopping", "local public transportation" and "cleanliness of streets"). As of 2018 Tokyo ranked as the 2nd-most expensive city for expatriates, according to the Mercer consulting firm. and also the world's 11th-most expensive city according to the Economist Intelligence Unit's cost-of-living survey. In 2015, Tokyo was named the Most Liveable City in the world by the magazine Monocle. The Michelin Guide has awarded Tokyo by far the most Michelin stars of any city in the world. Tokyo was ranked first out of all sixty cities in the 2017 Safe Cities Index. It was also ranked the first in the 2019 safe cities index. The QS Best Student Cities ranked Tokyo as the 3rd-best city in the world to be a university student in 2016 and 2nd in 2018. Tokyo hosted the 1964 Summer Olympics, the 1979 G-7 summit, the 1986 G-7 summit, and the 1993 G-7 summit, and was scheduled to host the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics until a global breakout of Wuhan virus forced it to reschedule to 2021.

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2018: 21038 Las Vegas (cancelled) | 21039 Shanghai | 21041 Great Wall of China | 21042 Statue of Liberty | 21047 Las Vegas | 40199 Billund Airport
2019: 21043 San Francisco | 21044 Paris | 21045 Trafalgar Square | 21046 Empire State Building
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