Welcome to Focusing, a new culturepublic series taking a theme-based approach to matters of interest. Kicking off the series is a look at modern architecture in Tokyo.
Often described as a sea of greige buildings sitting amongst a nest of twisted power lines, Tokyo is not generally known for its aesthetics. However a history of devastating earthquakes that have razed the city on several occasions, as well as a cultural obsession with the new, has led to the megalopolis to paradoxically become home to some of the world’s most cutting edge – and beautiful – architecture.
Today’s image is of the transformer-esque Docomo building in Shinagawa, taken by chrisjongkind.