Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Deja Vu: Experience Tokyo’s Olympic History First-Hand

The rags to riches story of Tokyo in the 1960s only continued over the subsequent half-century. The old cliche of Tokyo inspiring Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner stands for a reason. But it’s only half...

A Tale of Two Olympics – Interview with Robert Whiting –

Tokyo 1964: A View of the City In 1959, when Tokyo won its bid for the Tokyo 1964 Games, it was scarcely more than a glorified collection of shantytowns, as the Japanese nation was still...

[Shopping] Shaping the City

High Streets and Local Shopping Streets – Two Sides of a Coin Tokyo is a city of contrasts locked in an interplay, one of which is the balance of high shopping streets and local shopping...

The Shopping Culture of Tokyoites

Curious Edo People and Trendy Tokyoites Shopping culture has been evolving, absorbing other cultural elements and remixing them into today's shopping landscape. It isn't just the businesses at the forefront of this innovation, but also...

MITSUKOSHI: Pioneering Through the Ages

The Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store is preserving history while leading it at the same time. The Mitsukoshi brand itself dates back to 1673, and it became Japan’s first modern-day department store in 1904. Since...

WAttention 29 Special: ARCHITECTURE & ARTS IN TOKYO

Tokyo – the metropolis of organized chaos, where buildings seem to have grown at will. And they have grown in all shapes and sizes: thin stick-like buildings wedged between bigger ones, wooden temples...

Tokyo Through Architects’ Eyes

Tokyo has been bottomless inspiration for many architects and architecture admirers from all around the world. As Keisuke Oka, an independent architect we interviewed, put it — buildings are a form of street performance...
Tokyo Doodle © Simon Kalajdjiev

DRAWING TOKYO’S FUTURES: An interview with Simon Kalajdjiev

– An Interview with Simon Kalajdjiev, an architectural illustrator Short Bio A graduate of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje. 2006: editor in chief and designer of “Comicus Magnus” magazine; 2008:...
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Art and Architecture-Spotting Tours by WAttention

ART & ARCHITECTURE-SPOTTING ITINERARIES BY WATTENTION Ginza/Mita/Shinagawa Area ALL THE FACES OF ELEGANCE The Ginza area was the heart of Japan's modernity in the early 20th century and it has stayed the home of stellar architecture to...
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Shinjuku as a Transportation Hub

Shinjuku Station is a massive maze, even for people living in Tokyo. The station has as many as 36 platforms, some 200 exits and numerous hallways. According to the Guinness Records, Shinjuku Station is...