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Culture and commerce thrive under Japan's elevated train tracks

Mar 4, 2017

Culture and commerce thrive under Japan's elevated train tracks

At dusk, the bars and restaurants that crowd the underside of the tracks at Yurakucho Station come alive. Lanterns flicker on, sign boards are propped up on the sidewalk, and charcoal grills are lit. The patrons stream in from every direction. Dark-suited professionals arrive ...

Recurring views of Tokyo's utopian dream

/ Mar 12, 2016

Recurring views of Tokyo's utopian dream

When the Nakagin Capsule Tower opened in Tokyo in 1972, it embodied the energy and optimism of Japan’s postwar boom. Considered architect Kisho Kurokawa’s opus, its completion was also a major moment in the development of metabolism, the much publicized Japanese avant-garde architectural movement ...