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Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Tokyo means Construction

工事 東京

Tokyo means construction. Buildings in Japan have a shelf life of generally no more than 60 years at maximum, and usually no more than about 30 years. Almost every neighborhood in Japan has something being pulled down and built, the site of demolition or construction carefully screened off with panels to reduce noise and dust.

Construction in Yanagibashi, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Japan.

A recent construction site nearby in Taito ward, Tokyo, was joined by a neighboring site: the first site a construction project for a 20-story apartment tower, the one next door currently a demolition project, to be followed by construction.

The latter of the two sites afforded a great engineering photo opportunity last weekend in the form of a demolition vehicle being bodily hoisted by a crane to the top of the building.

Construction site in Yanagibashi, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Japan.

The road was partially closed to traffic during the delicate operation, so few people besides the construction site workers and one or two pedestrians were present to witness the sight of the huge front-end loader being hauled aloft by the mammoth crane.

Finally, note how meticulously the building for demolition has been screened off with white panels, giving this demolition site every bit as clean an outside look as the projected new construction project will no doubt have when complete.

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