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The Changing Face of Tokyo

Tokyo is a city of ceaseless transformation. Having risen from disasters like the 1923 Great Kantō Earthquake and wartime bombing, its evolution as the economic and political center of Japan continues today. This series looks at urban planning projects and a new wave of buildings that are shaping the future face of Japan’s capital.

Alone in the Rain: Three Tokyo ScenesStuart Ayre

Artist Stuart Ayre keeps his eyes open for stories in Tokyo. In the three works we present here, he focuses on individuals in the metropolis in rainy weather.

Japan’s Capital from Meiji to the Modern Age

With the Meiji Restoration of 1868, Edo was renamed Tokyo, the Eastern Capital, and the fever-pitch modernization of the city began in earnest. Twice the great metropolis was leveled, first by the 1923 Great Kantō Earthquake and later by the fire bombings of World War II, yet both times it rose again from the ashes of devastation. With every rejuvenation, however, the city remained true to the Edo blueprint left by Tokugawa Ieyasu.

Growth of a Great City from the Seeds of Ieyasu’s Edo

Four centuries ago, Tokyo was a small village perched on a narrow strip of land bordering an inlet from the bay. The city has been nearly wiped out several times only to revive with greater vigor than before. A look at Tokyo’s history reveals clues as to how it became the great metropolitan center that it is today.

Mori Towers Revamping Tokyo’s Skyline

Tokyo’s skyline has dramatically changed over the past few decades as new clusters of high-rises have sprung up around the city. Mori Towers are at the forefront of urban development projects that are transforming the heart of the capital.

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