Small house borders large empty lot and some greenery. How did this post-war house survive, and how long has the neighboring lot stood empty?

この小さな戦後に建てられた家は、東京の終わらない再開発を生き残りました。手前の大きな空き地が、どのくらい空いていたのだろうと思います。

This small post-war house has survived Tokyo’s constant re-development. I wonder how long the large empty lot in the foreground has stood empty.

3 comments

  1. I know this reflects my own ignorance, but usually when I think about Tokyo I think of thse large apartment blocs. What I like about this post and the last post are the small scale housing units. They are very “heimisch.”

    1. That’s the thing about Tokyo. It’s full of layers, and constantly changing. Some people hold on to old places because it’s their homes, or for speculation. Maybe some hope the real estate prices will regain the heights of the 1980s bubble. Off the main roads, much of Tokyo is still two story structures and narrow lanes.

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