There’s so much to be excited about in Tokyo for 2017: from the opening of the capital region’s first robot hotel to the continuing rejuvenation of formerly scruffy shitamachi neighbourhoods, the Year of the Rooster sure is looking sweet. But before turning our eyes to the future, we need to look back at 2016. OK, the year may have been dubbed an annus horribilis for Anglo-American politics and celebrity lifespans, but it was a pretty good 12 months for Tokyo: we got our first female governor, ground was finally broken for the 2020 Olympic stadium, and, uh, the pancake craze made a forceful comeback. Here's our full review of the city's culinary, cultural and creative highlights in 2016.
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