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    Lego Shibuya

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 April 24日 Thursday

    A smaller scale than the Lego stadiums.

    Gotta love the manga style near-miss brand and company names. I mean SAMSWING, classic.

    The 1/20 scale Shibuya in Lego. The article describes a neat trick the “builder” used, the building gets smaller as it rises, giving it a sense of perspective, as if you’re looking up like you would do in most cases when you go to Shibuya.

    You can see 109 in the background, or is that a 103?

    Hachiko, faithful

    The actual models are on display at Nasu Highland Park in Tochigi.


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    Minoru Mori

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 March 28日 Friday

    An interesting look at Minoru Mori, the Tokyo real estate mogul and developer, on the New York Times.

    Even in a region where some builders churn out skyscrapers in a way that products might come off an assembly line, Mr. Mori’s have stood out. His projects have won attention and their share of controversy for their great impact and scale, helping make him one of the few real estate investors in Asia known by name, like the Hong Kong billionaires Stanley Ho and Li Ka-shing.

    By focusing on a few long-term projects, and shunning speculative buying and selling, his company escaped the real estate bubble of the 1980s and its collapse soon thereafter.

    Still, Mr. Mori seeks to reach higher. Of his 10 new complexes, he said one might include a skyscraper nearly 1,100 feet high. Some of the complexes are already in the planning stages, while others may be built by different developers with Mori Building’s help, he said.

    Wonder if the building containing my friend’s bar in central Shibuya that’s being torn down in 3 years time (and buildings around it too, if I remember correctly) is a part of one of his 10 projects in Tokyo.

    Roppongi Hills:

    Roppongi Hills

    Moto-Azabu Hills:

    Moto-Azabu Hills

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