Wealthinsight research says Tokyo the place to be if you want to meet a millionaire.
- Tokyo has the highest number of millionaires than any other city in the world today. There are 461, 000 of them.
- Next is New York (or rather, more particularly Manhattan), which has 389, 000.
- London is third, with 281, 000
- Paris comes in fourth at 219, 000
- Just ahead of Frankfurt with 217, 000.
- But, remember that the USA has 5 million millionaires, whereas Japan only has 2 million.
- But, in Tokyo, they are all concentrated in one place.
- They are spread out all over the USA.
- Japan looks as if it may also lose its second place in terms of total number of millionaires in the country, overtaken by China in about 2020.
- The US would have by then about 7.7 million millionaires, while China would have 3.3 million.
from Daisy Luther:
Disassociate yourself completely with “the system” that is making Western civilization broke, overweight and unhealthy. Starve the Beast by taking as many of these steps as possible…
- Grow your own food (this starves Big Agri and Big Pharma both)
- Shop at local businesses with no corporate ties
- Use natural remedies instead of pharmaceuticals whenever possible
- Homeschool your children
- Walk or bike instead of driving when possible
- Get care from naturopaths and healers instead of doctors
- Make paper logs from scraps for free heat if you have a wood-burning fireplace or stove
- Boycott all processed foods
- Shop at local farmers markets
- Boycott corporate stores: Wal-Mart, Costco, Best Buy, Home Depot
- Give vouchers as gifts for an evening of babysitting, a homemade meal, walking the dog, doing a repair, or cleaning
- Join a CSA or farm co-op
- Ditch television (and all the propaganda and commercials)
- Participate in the barter system
- Buy secondhand from yard sales, Craigslist and thrift stores
- Sell your unwanted goods by having a yard sale or by putting an ad on Craigslist
- Repair things instead of replacing them
- Avoid fast food restaurants and chain restaurants
- Dine at locally owned establishments if you eat out
- Brew your own beer and wine
- Read a book, purchased second-hand or borrowed
- Grow or gather medicinal herbs
- Give homemade gifts
- Attend free local activities: lectures, concerts, play days at the park, library events
- Dumpster dive
- Play outside: hike, bike, picnic
- Mend clothing
- Invite someone over for dinner instead of meeting at a restaurant
- Throw creative birthday parties at home for your kids instead of renting a venue
- Camp instead of staying at a hotel
- Bring your coffee with you in a travel mug
- Do all of your Christmas shopping with small local businesses and artisans
- Reduce your electricity usage with candles, solar power and non-tech entertainment
- Drop the thermostat and put on a sweater
- Bring your snacks and drinks in a cooler when you go on a road trip
- Stay home – it’s way easier to avoid temptation that way
- Pack lunches for work and school
- Make delicious homemade treats as a hostess gift
- Close your bank account; or, at the very least, strictly limit your balance
- Visit u-pick berry patches and orchards, then preserve your harvest for the winter
- Use precious metals stored at home as your savings account
- Raise backyard chickens for your own eggs
- If you are a smoker, roll your own cigarettes – if possible go one step further and grow tobacco
- Live in a smaller, more efficient home
- Use solar power for lighting or cooking
- Collect rainwater for use in the garden
- Learn to forage
- Buy heavy, solid, handmade furniture instead of the flimsy imported stuff
- At the holidays, focus on activities and traditions instead of gifts. Go for a walk or drive through the neighborhood to look at lights, get into your PJs and watch a special movie together on Christmas Eve and make certain treats that can always be expected
- Make your own bath and body products using pure ingredients like coconut oil, essential oils, and herbal extracts
Mindie Burgoyne blogs as The Travel Hag. She leads haunted tours–or tours of haunted places, if you want to be grammatically correct–on the eastern shore of Maryland and to the “thin places” of Ireland. I met Mindie at a writers’ conference. She is not only a published author (about haunted places on the eastern shore), but also an excellent instructor on the use of social media.
Anyway. . .
Mindie shared a tidbit recently about one of Maryland’s haunted spots.
The Talbot County Courthouse in Easton has a ghost. They call him The Colonel. He’s been heard walking around at night … footsteps up and down the halls, heard by those who work late.
Want to visit the courthouse at midnight under the full moon? I’ll be out on one of my moonlit strolls. We could have a howling good time.
Are you an Anglophile who wishes to travel to the UK? Airfare and foreign travel can be pricey and dicey. But guess what? Now you can tour a bit of Britain here at home in America. I found a web site that offers help for Anglophiles whose budgets won’t let them travel abroad.
For example, the genuine London Bridge was dismantled and is on American soil in Lake Havasu, AZ, ready to be your next vacation destination. And there are other fun things, such as:
Gordon Ramsay’s Pub & Grill in Las Vegas
This is one of the newest restaurants in Las Vegas and features an authentic English pub experience in Las Vegas, as only a native UK chef can provide. Located in Caesar’s Palace, they serve a full range of British dishes in a British themed restaurant. The center piece of the restaurant is a striking bar with an array of beer taps and a backdrop reminiscent of iconic British telephone booths. Sounds like a ton of fun!
Want to know more? Read here: http://www.anglotopia.net/anglophilia/your-complete-guide-to-british-themed-tourist-attractions-located-in-the-united-states/
If you are an American who has been sheltered from traveling on trains, you may find the following videos thought-provoking. First, take a gander at the new Chinese high speed rail system, the Sino version of our commuter trains in urban areas like New York and Washington, DC.
Compare to the Baltimore-Washington, D. C. commuter train.
Boston South Station Amtrak and MBTA
Amtrak Sunset Limited interior including sleeper car:
And we’ll finish off with a Japanese commuter train: