Work to destroy the initial variation of Harajuku Station, long a sign of Tokyo’s Harajuku area, a capital for youngsters, is established to begin Monday, bringing its 96-year background to an end.
Famous for its triangular roofing system covered by a weathercock, the earliest wood train station in Tokyo was integrated in a Western design called half-timbering. It was finished in 1924 generally for usage by site visitors to neighboring Meiji Shrine, which was integrated in 1920.
The station, one of 30 on the Yamanote Line run by East Japan Railway Co. (JR East), endured World War II yet was changed by the brand-new Harajuku Station building in March.
“The wooden building with an idyllic exterior was easily accepted by citizens at the time of its completion when the so-called garden city concept that attaches importance to a suburban life and nature was spreading and people were starting to introduce the Western lifestyle,” stated Shigeru Onoda, an authorities at the Railway Technical Research Institute.
According a file assembled by the now-defunct Japanese National Railways, regarding 10 incendiary bombs struck the previous building throughout an airstrike in April 1945 in the last stage of the battle, yet the framework left devastation since none of the bombs took off.
The locations around the station were shed to the ground throughout the battle, yet handled to recoup in the postwar financial boom. The National Stadium in Yoyogi, regarding a five-minute stroll from Harajuku Station, was made use of as the location for swimming as well as various other occasions throughout the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.