By Jerome Lee
Omotesando was originally built as a front approach to Meiji Shrine in 1920. In those days, downtown Tokyo was located in the east part of today’s Tokyo; Omotesando and its neighborhood were considered to be the suburbs. After the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923, new apartment houses were constructed in many places. One of those, (it included the most up-to date facilities) was Aoyama Apartments in Omotesando. It was a high-class apartment where only the elite (high government officials, company directors, and university professors) lived. As a result, this area developed an image as Tokyo's most sophisticated residential area. Then in the 1960s, Omotesando, and the surrounding Harajuku and Aoyama districts became a fashionable trend-setting area because the main stadium of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics was located in near-by Yoyogi.
Aoyama Apartments had been the symbol of Omotesando for more than 80 years. But in 2006, it was taken down and reborn as a a modern commercial facility called Omotesando Hills, designed by world famous architect, Tadao Ando (1941-).
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。