Thursday, 11 March 2010
Located through the Kabukicho area of Shinjuku, Tokyo.
More into Okubo actually, stands this monument of futuristic, one-of-a-kind architecture.
From the front, it's sandwiched between two other builings.
Standing head on, you can't really appreciate it in all its glory. It's only when you walk around the sides and back of the block on which it stands that you see its real beauty.
Apparently labelled as "Metabolism", this building was erected in the 70's.
Bolt-on capsule-like rooms were added and taken away when necessary. Apparently when someone moved in or out.
I was impressed by the sheer shape and size of the place.
With a friend, we ventured inside and up to the third floor. We were put off by the CCTV, and the fact that people were in the building, despite it no longer being a place of residence.
Besides, we tried the doors as we went up the staircase, only to find them all locked.
From the outside, we saw laundry hanging out to dry on one of the floors.
A postman actually delivered something to one of the floors as we stood in the lobby.
Who exactly is living there, or even running a business, is anyone's guess.
It is, quite literally, a squatters paradise.
And that's about it.
Impressive, neglected and mysterious.
North side of JR Nakano station.
Just off to the side of Nakano Broadway shopping centre.
The back streets are old and dirty with lots of character.
Nice faded Godzilla poster lurks in the window of a rundown shop.
There's a bit of nightlife and seediness with the hostess bars doing trade at night.