For 25 years I lived in the same semi-suburban apartment in Tokyo. I moved to here in 1985, but actually came here to this very point on the globe my first hours in Tokyo in 1981, then a friend's home. The view from the only window was the first glimpse of Japan I had by daylight. It remained a constant for 22 years, relief from the dim, cramped space of the apartment, and a reassuring window on an older, more elegant Japan. Then, that view of the world changed….