Shin-Yurakucho Building

Shin-Yurakucho Building
Shot in Marunouchi, Tokyo ©Tetsu Ozawa
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The exterior of the New Yurakucho Building, which was built over 50 years ago, looks a little old

Marunouchi, with its forest of buildings, used to be Hibiya Inlet, a part of Tokyo Bay. The area began to be reclaimed after Tokugawa Ieyasu entered Edo Castle in 1590. It seems to have started around 1592. As a result of the steady reclamation, only the name of the inlet remains in the name of the place, and there is no trace of the time when this area was a sea.

The land that was reclaimed was incorporated into Edo Castle, and more than 24 residences of the feudal lords and daimyos were built here. The area was called Daimyo lanes because it was lined with daimyo residences.

The area around the Shin-Yurakucho Building in the photo was also a daimyo's mansion in the Edo period. Looking at an old map, it appears to have been the residence of Terutoshi Matsudaira, lord of Takasaki domain in Kohzuke Province at the end of the Edo period. After the Meiji Restoration, it became an army barracks and training ground, and was later sold to Mitsubishi to be used as an office building. Shin-Yurakucho Building has been around for over 50 years now and is showing its age. I think it's time for it to be transformed into something else.

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Jul 2021 ARCHITECTURE TOKYO

Where is Marunouchi?

PHOTO DATA

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11969

Shooting Date

Dec 2020

Posted On

July 16, 2021

Place

Marunouchi, Tokyo

Genre

Architectural Photography

Camera

SONY ALPHA 7R II

Lens

ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF

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