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Tokyo, July 2014

1. Let's start transfering to a JAL 787 in Helsinki,


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3. Tokyo Narita, the clouds are from a Typhoon that died out just before it would have hit mainland Japan.


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4. Shibuya


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7. Shibuya station mascot "Hachiko".


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10. New in Takeshita Dori, the Cute Cube Harajuku.


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11. On the other side of the street the Gorakudoh Ticket Shop.


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12. The place to buy my tickets for the main reason for this trip (later more)


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13. Omotesando


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15. The new Apple Store.


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16. Fresh concrete.


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17. This shop was designed by Rem Kollhaas's firm OMA, I would say that their small work is better then the recent buildings he designed in the Netherlands,


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20. It's not just glass or concrete.


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21. Tokyu Plaza Omotesando


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22. Shinjuku


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27. There are enough bums with hands in trousers in Japan.


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29. New pencil tower?


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30. Well, it's not that thin, the Shinjuku Toho Building, a new hotel / cinema complex in Kabukicho.


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32. More construction in the neighborhood, the 90m tall "APA Hotel Kabukicho Tower".


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33. Back to Europe with this ancient castle.


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36. Right next to shinjuku station you will find a block with small restaurants in small alleyways.


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37. Rainy eveningrush at Hamamatsucho Station


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40. Evening in Shimbashi


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42. Toranomon Hills, counting architectural height with 255.5 meter the new tallest building in Tokyo. The official roof height is just 247m though, coming in 2nd just after the Tokyo Midtown Tower. Apparently height records are not that important for the developers in Tokyo. They are more focused on quality, especially when it comes to the use of materials and the (multi)functionality of buildings.


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46. This new road should become the Champs-Élysées of Tokyo. There's still a lot of work to be done though as the buildings were originally built along small back streets. A whole row of blocks has been demolished for this road, especially the loop road which runs in a new tunnel beneath the new tower towards Shiodome.


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47. A hill should of course have a little stream.


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52. Looking from the roof above the tunnel entrance to the new inner loop road.


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54. office lobby


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55. the bars & restaurants along the hill.


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65. Shiodome seen from Shimbashi Station


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66. Restaurants under the Shinkansen viaduct.


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68. Kenzo Tange's "Shizuoka Press and Broadcasting Center" on the edge of Ginza.


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69. Walking into the straight streets of Ginza.


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72. Penciltower Ginza style.


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76. A lot of construction is going on in Ginza


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Here this massive office retail complex is being constructed with a total floorspace of almost 150,000 m2




77. This used to be the Matsuzakaya Department Store.


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80. The Kabuki-za theater, it looks old build this was built in 2013.


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83. U/C right now, the Millennium Mitsui Garden Hotel Tokyo.


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89. Closer to Yurakucho Station another big construction project.


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90. The streets are closed for traffic on the weekends. It was pretty hot on the tarmac, with temperatures in the shade soaring well above the 30 degrees Celsius.


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91. The Louis Vuitton store in the Matsuya Department Store got it's own new coat last year.


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93. Saint Luke's Tower in the background


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94. The Ginza Theatre building will be demolished soon.


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98. The Tokyo Expressway forms the border between Ginza and Kyobashi.


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Continuing in Kyobashi

99. Tokyo Square Garden


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This is being constructed here, the Kyobashi 2-chome West District Redevelopment, 170m high.




102. Nihonbashi


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104. The Takashimaya Deparment Store, opened in 1933.


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106. Nihonbashi 2-Chome Redevelopment (180m), 2 more towers will follow in this redevelopment


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108. The facade of this is fantastic.


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113. A new tower has been built on top of this former Mistubishi warehouse from 1930. The tower was designed in the same style of the old building.


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118. You can have a nice boat ride underneath the viaducts.


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This is how this river used to look like.


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But now there are plans to get rid of the viaducts to give the Nihonbashi river back to the city.




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121. Nihonbashi-Muromachi, this is the homeland of the developer Mitsui Fudosan. They have created this area with glass towers on top of more traditional looking bases with department stores and cinema's. It's quite nice and therefor very busy with people.

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128. Bank of Japan


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130. The eastern gardens of the Imperial Palace


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133. The foundations of the Edo Castle, maybe the Olympics will accelerate the plans to finally rebuild the castle.


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135. Kitanomaru Park


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140. Let's bring some controversy to this thread with 1 post completely dedicated to the Yasukuni-shrine.


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141. Where preparations were made for the popular summer festival that would start the next day.


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146. The main building.


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147. constructed in 1901, not that old but still pre war.


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150. the garden


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Thank you :)


154. Iidabashi


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158. Kagurazaka


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180. Akagi Jinja


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181. A modern shrine from 2010 designed by Kengo Kuma.


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