Tokyo is a city of the ancient and the modern. There are always places to go and things to see. I love it when I have guests come visit as they all have different interests and takes on Japan so every time I get to visit new places and revisit Japan through their eyes.
My most recent guests were Matt and Jeremy. Matt has a background in structural engineering and design and is now working with the New Zealand rebuild of Christchuch city after the 2011 Earthquake. Matt has a great interest in Japan’s buildings and transport infrastructure from an earthquake strengthening and safety point of view. He also has a great appreciation of the architectural features of the ultra modern building in Tokyo and how they achieve that look but maintain structural integrity with the possibility of massive seismic activity in mind.
I have learnt a great deal about retro fitting and strengthening of highways, subways and buildings, the ductility of steel and many other technical terms while he has been here and find myself looking at buildings and transport hubs in a different light.
Matt has kindly agreed to share his photos with us so let’s take a wander around some of the amazing modern buildings of Tokyo.
Shibuya and Shinjuku Area
These are just a few of the stunning buildings in Tokyo. I can spend days wandering around skyscraper viewing. I hope you enjoyed. Thanks for the pictures Matt!
Yoroshiku Onegai shimasu
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ohh ランドマークターワー。Lived there for a week when I first moved to Japan before moving into a proper apartment. I’m so glad I found your blog. I miss Japan so much and have been trying to find a way to live there again.
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Thank you Kim. How long have you been gone? Hope you make it back soon?
Gorgeous architecture photos. My first and last when I visited Tokyo was in 1970!
Thank you. Matt took these and kindly let me use them. He has a great eye! I enjoyed wandering around with him. Gave me a fresh view of things I was beginning to take for granted. I’m sure if you have the chance to get back you would notice huge changes!