Inside the Neotokyo layer cake

February 10th, 2013, 2am

It was 6°C with few clouds. There was strong breeze.

For as long as I’ve lived in Tokyo, I’ve been an East sider. The giveaway is how I center my map on Tokyo station, a traffic hub on the east edge of the Imperial Palace, which hasn’t been the most trafficked in decades.

Like it’s closest fashion center, Ginza, the recently renovated station building is a layer cake, composed of alternating layers of luxury, nostalgia and decay.

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Chris Palmieri

Co-founder of Hi. Twenty-toed Tokyoite.

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