Never at Rest: The Evolving Story of Tokyo
Since 2012, nine redevelopment projects have been underway around Shibuya Station, transforming Tokyo’s business center into a place that merges nature and technology for the enjoyment of all – but such evolution is simply par for the course for Japan’s capital. In Tokiwabashi, currently the city is constructing the tallest building in Japan; in addition, it’s creating new “cities-within-a-city” in Ariake and Toranomon featuring residential areas and international business complexes respectively.
Navigated by Patrick Harlan
Shibuya and Tokiwabashi
– redevelopment for making new history
Shibuya, the epicenter of global street culture is evolving into a city for everyone with numerous redevelopment projects around the station. Extensive redevelopment project including the Japan’s tallest building is also underway in Tokiwabashi area, the economic heart of Tokyo.
Ariake and Toranomon
– redevelopment for creating entirely new city
Ariake, at the bay front area once lined with storages and factories, is becoming the most beautiful residential area in Tokyo. Linked with the bay area by direct bus, Toranomon area, is also transforming into a new city with an international business complex.
A native of Colorado, USA, Patrick Harlan graduated from Harvard University and moved to Japan. After working as an English conversation teacher at junior high and high schools in Fukui Prefecture, he kicked off his entertainment career as one half of the comedy duo Pack’n Mack’n. He is now also well known for his insightful commentary on news shows, and lectures at the Tokyo Institute of Technology.