Concrete Jungle

You can see the fairly recent sky tree in the distance in Asakusa, the second tallest structure in the world.

You can see the fairly recent sky tree in the distance in Asakusa, the second tallest structure in the world.

One of the best views from up high is from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building – it’s free as well! The Kenzo Tange designed complex is geometric in shape consisting of two towers. You can go up either one to the observation platform on the 45th floor which is 202 meters high. What was really exciting for me was the view I saw captured in the last photograph is the same one that appears in a book by Atelier Bow-Wow – Echo of Space/Space of Echo. Under the chapter ‘Intelligence of buildings’ which gives insight as to how city planning affects the urban fabric of Tokyo.

Amongst the concrete jungle is the vast green pocket that is Yoyogi Park which also houses Kenzo Tange's Yoyogi National Stadium which was built for the 1964 Olympic Games

Amongst the concrete jungle is the vast green pocket that is Yoyogi Park which also houses Kenzo Tange’s Yoyogi National Stadium built for the 1964 Olympic Games

You can see Mt Fuji in the distance, the sky is really clear in Tokyo on a good day.

You can see Mt Fuji in the distance, the sky is really clear in Tokyo on a good day.

The Manju structure is really clear from this view!

The Manju structure is really clear from this view!

Manju Structure: From the above picture you can see that taller buildings line major roads which encircle low-rise houses to create a ‘block’. However this block is different to the European ones as houses don’t always (hardly ever really) touch their neighbour. The high buildings on the outside are over ten stories and designed to be fire breaks. This configuration is similar to a ‘manju’ – a Japanese confection, similar to a bun which features an outside skin with a softer inner filling.

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