Ninja house in Aomori looking for buyer

The owner of an Edo-era ninja house in Hirosaki City, Aomori, is looking to sell their traditional home. Ideally, the owner would like to find a buyer who wants to preserve the historic home. If not, they may have to demolish it due to the high cost of maintenance. 


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Tokyo’s oldest ‘danchi’ apartment block to be redeveloped

Possibly the oldest surviving public housing block in Tokyo will soon be demolished to make way for new housing for its residents. The Nakano Jutaku was built in 1951, just six years after the end of WWII. It also preceded the former Japan Housing Agency (now the Urban Renaissance Agency) that was founded in 1955 to address a severe housing shortage.

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Luxury apartments planned for historic art deco building

Real estate developer Mitsui Fudosan Residential is planning a large-scale, luxury apartment project for the former Tokyo Service Center building in central Tokyo. 

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120-yr old Mitsui Besso in Karuizawa at risk of demolition

The recent sale of the original Karuizawa holiday home of Saburosuke Mitsui (1850-1912) to a buyer from an offshore tax haven has locals worried the historic house may soon be demolished.

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Novelist’s house in Kyoto to be demolished

The former Kyoto residence of novelist Naoya Shiga (1883-1971) is in its final preparations for demolition and sale. The 100+ year old home is 1.5 kilometers south of Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion).

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120m tall office tower for Shibuya Station area

A 120-meter tall office tower is planned for a site just behind the Shibuya Hikarie building in central Tokyo.

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Toho Twin Tower to be redeveloped

On June 25, film studio Toho announced plans to redevelop the Toho Twin Tower building in Yurakucho, Tokyo. Construction giant Takenaka Corporation will be in charge of planning and construction. 

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Owner of abandoned hotel on Lake Towada sued by government

The Japanese government has sued the owner of a derelict hotel in Aomori Prefecture to demolish the building and return the state-owned land. The Towada Kanko Hotel sits on the shores of Lake Towada. It was founded in 1950 before closing in 2012. The owner filed for bankruptcy in 2014. 

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Miyazaki metabolist hall to be demolished

The former Miyakonojo Civic Hall, a metabolist icon in Miyazaki Prefecture, is expected to be demolished sometime this year as hefty maintenance costs prove too high for city finances.

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150+ year old tea house discovered in Kyoto backyard

Left: A current image of the tea house (via the Kyoto Shimbun). Right: An early photograph of the tea house supplied by Okubo’s great-grandchild.

A tea house that once belonged to Okubo Toshimichi (1830-1878) has narrowly escaped demolition in Kyoto. The owner has temporarily suspended demolition while the tea house is carefully dismantled and stored. Due to its historical significance, Kyoto City is considering potential ways to relocate and reconstruct it.

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