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2015-11-072015-11-07

Day three

Asakusa - Tokyo Skytree

With no set goal today, I just started wandering the neighborhoods in the area of my hotel.

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Japan's zoning laws are pretty cool. Explained very basic: they can only zone upwards and "higher" zones will always include all zones below. E.g. Low density > High Density > Commercial > Industrial. Basically the thing zoned is nuisance level. This makes for very interesting neighborhoods.

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As space is scarce in Tokyo, every nook and cranny is used for something. For example the two shops under the train tracks.

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Just a stone's throw away from one of the highest structures in the world (The Tokyo SKYTREE) lies a calm residential neighborhood. You can see the SKYTREE structure in the background.

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It's customary for new residents of a building to tear it down and replace it with their own (new) built home. This makes for a great mix of building ages.

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Over time the number of passengers increased and the trains became longer and longer. Now they almost don't fit the station building anymore.

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