World Japan: End of an era: Dismantling of old Harajuku Station building to begin on Monday

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Work to demolish the original version of Harajuku Station, long a symbol of Tokyo’s Harajuku district, a mecca for young people, is set to start Monday, bringing its 96-year history to an end.

Famous for its triangular roof topped by a weathercock, the oldest wooden train station in Tokyo was built in a Western style called half-timbering. It was completed in 1924 mainly for use by visitors to nearby Meiji Shrine, which was built in 1920.

The station, one of 30 on the Yamanote Line run by East Japan Railway Co. (JR East), survived World War II but was replaced by the 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,” said Shigeru Onoda, an official at the Railway Technical Research Institute.

Read more here. (Japan Times)
 
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