It’s that time again! Over the next few months I will be publishing the third installment of The Tokyo Project, a deep look at the city’s extensive transit oriented development and culture of urban commons. Volume 1 used transit as a framework to highlight interesting development. Volume 2 focused more on the business considerations of shōtengai (shopping streets) and their dual role as commercial districts and civic spaces. In this batch, my intent is to take a holistic approach, showing the interplay between transit networks, neighborhood design, commercial activity, and the life that flows through all of them. The topics haven’t really changed, but now that I am able to do more background research in Japanese, I hope to bring to bear more depth and local perspective as I talk about them.
In the past, my urban walks have almost always been solitary affairs, but by both chance and design I ended up together with strolling companions on quite a few occasions for this third batch. You’ll see a few friends, family and fellow explorers, and I’ll talk about how they influence the way I see things on the street.
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The Tokyo Project, Volume 3
- Akabane Suzuran-dori Shotengai
- Jujo Ginza Shotengai
- Jujo Fujimi Ginza Shotengai
- Musashikoyama Palm Shotengai, Session 3
- Togoshi Ginza Shotengai, Session 3
- Ni-chome Tsukemen GACHI in Shinjuku
- Shitamachi Walk
- Muteppo in Nakano, Session 2
- Matador in Kitasenju
- Privately Owned Public Space in Central Tokyo
- Shin-Koiwa Lumiere Shotengai
- Motenashi Kuroki in Kanda-Izumicho
- mAAch ecute (Old Manseibashi Station)
- Shimokitazawa, Session 3
- Omori Ginza Shotengai
- Kamata Nishiguchi Shotengai
- Keikyu Kamata Shotengai Asuto
- Jujo and Higashi-Jujo Shotengai Walk
- Sansanto in Higashi-Jujo
Here is a set of highlights to kick things off. These images will all appear again as I complete pieces for each neighborhood or place. Welcome back to The Tokyo Project.