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Manseibashi Station Platform Revival

Posted in Places, Shops by tokyobling on December 9, 2013

The third part in this series, showing the cafe and the top of the old ghost station platform can be seen here.

Yesterday I posted about the old Masneibashi station, as it looked about 7 months ago. Today the station platform, the old surviving hulk of a brick building sitting in the middle of some very nice real estate in Tokyo, looks quite different. I visited a few weeks after opening to check it out and I must say that I like what they have done with it. While a lot of it has been gutted out and renovated with chic stores, cafes and galleries, they have also kept surprisingly much of the original grime and gore of the old station platform, including the red brick exterior, pockmarked from fire damage, bomb shrapnel and almost a century of pollution. The stairwells leading up the old platform are left almost as they were found, without any of the retro upgrade you often find in this kind of reconstruction, complete with mildew damage, leaking pipes and even some very old signage. Although it is winter now, I can imagine the outside boardwalk becoming very popular in the spring. Perhaps the influence of the masses of young shoppers will push the owners of the property on the other side of the river bank to do something to revitalize their buildings as well.

Although the new Manseibashi Station is suffering from the same “lack of place” that drove the old station to extinction, stuck as it is between Ochanomizu, Kanda and Akihabara stations, I have a feeling it will do well. Even if you are not into shopping, there is a great “mini-museum” with a model of the old station and the surrounding area, as well as art and books associated with trains, Tokyo during the first half of the last century and art of the period. Of course the real treat of the place is the platform top, but that will be the subject of another blog post this week. This one is already too long with 22 photos!





















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  1. Julie said, on December 9, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Wow! Fantastic, I absolutely adore what they’ve done. Very chic whilst retaining the history! Sometimes I get sad when Japanese tear things down with no trace of the old thing… but sometimes I do the very same thing too…ahhh


    • tokyobling said, on December 16, 2013 at 8:29 am

      Indeed. This was probably the most sustainable use of the old space.


  2. amadl said, on December 10, 2013 at 2:14 am

    A job weLL done! I hope Jakarta can have more projects Like this, instead of buiLding more and more gigantic shopping maLLs..


    • tokyobling said, on December 16, 2013 at 8:29 am

      Ah, I hope they don’t tear everything down! Every city need to keep a lot of its history….


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