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Changing Shibuya skyline

It’s been just over  year since I arrived in Shibuya, the district of Tokyo where I currently live, and I’ve already noticed changes to the skyline showing the city evolving and renewing itself.

Shibuya skyline 24July09

My balcony has a view of the Cerulean Tokyu Hotel, which is on Route 246 just near Shibuya Station.  You can see the crane in the centre of the above photo, where another building is about to rise out of the ground.  I walk past there every morning on the way to the station, and the beams and pylons are starting to take shape.  (Tonight’s weather is humid and wet, and possibly stormy, and the contrast between the clouds and the buildings makes an interesting scene.)

Here’s a daytime photo taken only a year ago.  The tops of the buildings in the background are towards Roppongi, and look like they’re about to be blocked out.

Shibuya skyline 30June2008

This is not the only example of a changing skyline that I’ve noticed in the last year.  There are other nearby buildings that have been torn down, and others that have gone up.  It shows that the city is always evolving and renewing itself.  And there are even larger developments near Shibuya station.

Have a look at Shibuya246‘s posts linked below: one post about the Shibuya of old (including some great old photos), and another about one example of railweay construction that will help shape the Shibuya of the future.

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