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Introduction to Tokyo with Mandy Bartok
Introduction to Tokyo with Mandy Bartok

Introduction to Tokyo with Mandy Bartok


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Tokyo, the capital of Japan, provides endless fascination for both first-time and returning travelers. Kimono-clad women still shuffle past salarymen in suits on the city's crowded streets. Hints of the country's feudal past defy the soaring skyscrapers of a "downtown" that's ever-expanding and in flux. Tokyo, a city of 13 million people, is at once centuries-old and cutting edge, staunchly traditional, but also barreling headlong into the 21st century.

In this lecture, we'll explore some of Tokyo's top neighborhoods for travelers, while also venturing into some lesser-known, but highly recommended areas. We'll glimpse Tokyo through the seasons, and tempt our taste buds with an introduction to some truly Tokyo-based foods. We'll share stories of fishermen and famous canines, sumo wrestlers, and sakura (cherry blossom) lore.

Led by travel expert and Tokyo tour guide Mandy Bartok, this lecture will introduce you to the highlights of the vibrant city of Tokyo. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased appreciation of the unique neighborhoods, history, and food culture of Japan's unmissable capital city.

Mandy Bartok originally hails from the US, but has lived in Japan since 2008. She has written for the travel section of the Japan Times, the nation's leading English language newspaper, and various other print and online publications. She has also worked as a travel consultant for several of Japan's regional governments and travel bureaus. Her true passion, however, is leading tours to Tokyo's undiscovered neighborhoods and teasing out the stories of the dynamic and captivating city she is fortunate to call home.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

60 minutes

Customer Reviews

Based on 11 reviews
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B.K. (San Antonio, US)
Wonderful experience and illuminating

The presentation was terrific, I've never been to Tokyo and after this overview, I would love to visit. Great pace and organization to the session. One of the best ones I have watched virtually.

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D.B. (Cody, US)
Touristic and Hidden Tokyo

Enthusiastic and practically detailed tour of Tokyo.

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Chetan Sankar (Avondale Estates, US)
Excellent presentation

She did an amazing job of introducing Tokyo.

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Kathy Hawkesworth (Edmonton, CA)
Terrific!

Mandy is such an engaging presenter. I know if I do get a chance to go to Tokyo I will try to arrange a walking tour with her.

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Bonnie Gale (Briarcliff Manor, US)
A very interesting and informative talk

This was very interesting and I enjoyed the history plus the practical information that Mandy provided. I would love to hear a more in depth talk from her about the various sights in Tokyo for those of us who are planning a trip there.

Customer Reviews

Based on 11 reviews
91%
(10)
9%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
B
B.K. (San Antonio, US)
Wonderful experience and illuminating

The presentation was terrific, I've never been to Tokyo and after this overview, I would love to visit. Great pace and organization to the session. One of the best ones I have watched virtually.

D
D.B. (Cody, US)
Touristic and Hidden Tokyo

Enthusiastic and practically detailed tour of Tokyo.

C
Chetan Sankar (Avondale Estates, US)
Excellent presentation

She did an amazing job of introducing Tokyo.

K
Kathy Hawkesworth (Edmonton, CA)
Terrific!

Mandy is such an engaging presenter. I know if I do get a chance to go to Tokyo I will try to arrange a walking tour with her.

B
Bonnie Gale (Briarcliff Manor, US)
A very interesting and informative talk

This was very interesting and I enjoyed the history plus the practical information that Mandy provided. I would love to hear a more in depth talk from her about the various sights in Tokyo for those of us who are planning a trip there.