How can you turn New York, Copenhagen, and Buenos Aires into Tokyo? Add lots and lots of colorful signs, it seems.

For the Venice Architecture Biennale, Tokyo-based Daigo Ishii and Future-scape Architects created these comparisons, which you can see below (via Design Boom and Spoon&Tamago):

Not all of Tokyo is cluttered with signs and advertisements (many of the best parts are not!), but these composites show they can give seemingly any city a definite Tokyo vibe.

Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.