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End of an age: Dismantling of old Harajuku Station building to begin on Monday

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Work to knock down the initial variation of Harajuku Station, long a sign of Tokyo’s Harajuku area, a capital for youths, is established to beginning Monday, bringing its 96-year background to an end.

Famous for its triangular roof covering covered by a weathercock, the earliest wood train station in Tokyo was constructed in a Western design called half-timbering. It was finished in 1924 mostly for usage by site visitors to close-by Meiji Shrine, which was constructed in 1920.

The station, one of 30 on the Yamanote Line run by East Japan Railway Co. (JR East), made it through 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 put together 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 got away damage since none of the bombs blew up.

The locations around the station were melted to the ground throughout the battle, yet took care of to recuperate in the postwar financial boom. The National Stadium in Yoyogi, regarding a five-minute stroll from Harajuku Station, was utilized as the place for swimming and also various other occasions throughout the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

Later, a roadway near Harajuku Station was booked for pedestrians as a vehicle-free area, bring in crowds of youths called takenoko-zoku (the bamboo shoot people), that took pleasure in dance to nightclub songs in vibrant outfits.

The station is likewise close to Takeshita-dori, a preferred road packed with informal style and also desserts stores, and also to the premium Omotesando buying area.

The old building finished solution in March and also is established to be taken apart since it does not satisfy fireproofing requirements.

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Some components, such as the tarnished glass, have actually stayed undamaged because it was constructed, according to JR East. After the building is destroyed, a reproduction of its outside is prepared to be constructed near the brand-new Harajuku Station, partly utilizing products from the old building.

“It feels like an era is ending,” stated Toichi Shinohara, 79, that was birthed and also increased in the Harajuku area.

“I’m saddened that the old Harajuku Station building will be destroyed, but I feel relieved that a replica with the same design is set to be built,” stated Shinohara, that heads a regional neighborhood organization. “I’d like to thank (the old building) for serving us for a long period of time,” he stated.



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