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Tokyo Station restored to original 1914 glory

About three weeks ago, the renovated facades and interior of Tokyo station (Marunouchi side) were unveiled to the public, and the scaffolding and tarpaulins that have been up for the best part of ten years were all packed away. This huge red-brick building was first put up in 1914 and was the central symbol of modernist Tokyo architecture. 

These pictures have been taken from the Internet, but I'm hoping that at the end of November, I'll have the spare time to visit the station with my camera and give a full report. 

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Comment by John Paul Catton on November 6, 2012 at 9:46am

Amanda, I wish I could agree with you, but the reason this is big news is that this is one of the few examples of Modernist architecture left standing. The construction companies are like mobsters here (big business = Yakuza) and a lot of old neighborhoods and historic buildings have been bulldozed during the 20th century. The Japanese are used to seeing communities wiped out because of earthquake/tsunami/fire/war and most folk don't really notice when historic buildings disappear and are replaced by "post-Modern architecture" (which means, in practice, architects being indulged with their fanciful ideas that sound great in theory but look like crap.) Example; the architect who designed a driving school HQ to look like the Japanese Hinomaru flag (red sun in the centre). He ended up with a building that looks like it's wearing a giant red clown's nose.  

Comment by Amanda McLean on November 5, 2012 at 10:53pm

This is lovely! I wish my city had the same feelings towards its old buildings. They're just tearing them down to put up new ones.

Comment by Valentina Miri on November 4, 2012 at 11:26pm

It's majestic!

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