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Marunouchi Oazo

Posted in Places, Shops by tokyobling on January 24, 2014

One of the areas of Tokyo that has changed the most in the last decade is without a doubt the stately old Marunouchi, between Tokyo station and the Imperial palace. The area has seen several huge new builds and massive renovations that shows off the areas importance as the financial center of Tokyo. Celebrating 10 years in 2014 is the Ozao, a collection of four interlocked building of which the two largest have 29 floors above ground and four floors below ground. The name, in typical Japanese fashion is an abbreviation of the O in Otemachi (the neighboring area to the north of Marunouchi) enclosing, the slightly modified AZ of the Japanese word for play (“asobu”), it also stands a short for Office and Amenity Zone, as well as the obvious connection with the word oasis. A lot of Japanese concepts, buildings, services and organization make their names like this!

The public area of Oazo has quite a few shops, free wifi, cafes and one of the bigger book stores in Tokyo, the Maruzen, with a large and fairly good selection of foreign language books (mostly English and French). The book store itself has an in store gallery that often has nice exhibitions of luxury oriented arts and craft.

To get to Oazo simply exit Tokyo Station at any of the Marunouchi exits and turn right. Walk down to the end corner of the station and you will find the massice Oazo right in front of you. I am sure there will be plenty of events and celebrations come August and September when they celebrate Oazo’s birthday!

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  1. Dave said, on January 24, 2014 at 5:54 am

    Love this kind of ultra-modern architectural photography. And I LOVE those clear blue Tokyo skies in January! It’s what made me fall in love with the place!

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    • tokyobling said, on January 29, 2014 at 5:43 am

      Thank you Dave! Yes, we are really blessed with the greatest and most interesting weather here in Tokyo!

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  2. Dina Farmer said, on January 25, 2014 at 5:14 am

    Oh my gosh! I need to go there! I’d do fantastic in my Architecture photography class!

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    • tokyobling said, on January 29, 2014 at 5:45 am

      It is tricky too shoot buildings with these lenses. Have you ever tried a proper perspective adjustable lens? I would love to get one but the price… (^-^;)

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      • Dina Farmer said, on January 29, 2014 at 5:48 am

        No, …..well I used a 4×5 view camera in one of my classes for large format that camera can adjust for perspective…but not on a DSLR.

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        • tokyobling said, on January 29, 2014 at 5:53 am

          The 4×5 is the ultimate architecture photography camera! Lucky you! I have never used one, but I want to buy one as soon as I can find someone to teach it to me…!

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          • Dina Farmer said, on January 29, 2014 at 4:52 pm

            It is totally awesome….if I could afford one I’d buy one.

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