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Apr 29, 2019

Year 2018 - The finale of Tsukuji


The Tsukiji Market drew to its close in 2018, and its reincarnation in the new location in Toyosu has been plagued by waves of derogatory reviews. Its formulistic interior design has stripped away the unique characteristics the market once had, and little wonder everyone could not stop reliving memories of the Tsukiji Market’s good old days. Back then, Tsukiji was built on reclamation ground at Tokyo Bay. The construction of the market took 6 years with participation from 420,000 individuals. Sano Toshitaka, deemed the Father of earthquake resistance, was in charge of the whole construction. Influenced by the simple and functional designs of Bauhaus and taking inspiration from Italy, Germany and the USA, Sano used steel, concrete and glass, as the backbone of the construction. Even after eighty years following its construction, its functional and aesthetic beauty do not appear to be outdated. Unfortunately, however beautiful the architecture, it still cannot be spared from changing times. Now we can only rely on photographs to relive our cherished memories.  


looking at the photos and reading articles. Each word and sentence conjures up images. An enthusiast of Japanese culture, I would like to leave a record of my own memories of the Heisei Era before the new one begins.

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