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Tokyo, for many of its inhabitants, is a faceless concrete jungle lacking any sense of community, unlike the days when close-knit row-house neighborhoods were the norm before the capital exploded into a soaring, postwar urban sprawl.

But in Arakawa Ward, in one of Tokyo’s countless nondescript high-rises, an experiment is afoot by a select group of people endeavoring to regain, on two of the building’s 12 floors, a sense of community lost.

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