Japan has a proclivity for showing visitors that it’s a nation of forward thinkers. Hi-tech gadgets and convenience innovations bolster an enduring cultural phenomenon of visual storytelling, be it hand-drawn, animated or filmed. But peer beyond that technological sheen and you’ll find this is a society that is also unafraid to look back, respecting traditional values, somehow seamlessly blending them into modern life. Nowhere is this duality better demonstrated than across the region of Greater Tokyo, where it infused the country’s hosting of the post-pandemic Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games with much needed optimism and a future-facing attitude. As you move through Greater Tokyo, you’ll find that the legacy of Tokyo 2020 connects you to these regions, beautifully embodying the spirit of Japan, both then and now.