, 2020-01-07 08:00:00,
But, with the iconic wooden building set to be torn down in favor of a new development, will the Harajuku vibe survive?
When East Japan Railway Company (JR East) announced that Harajuku Station would be demolished after the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, many people expressed their regret online.
“Buildings from the good old days are disappearing one by one. I’ll miss them.”
“New isn’t always best.”
“That retro station building looks cool and is on the fashion front line. It’s sad.”
Decades of memories
This Twitter posts says, “The wooden Harajuku Station is to be demolished after the 2020 Games. Another memory from the Showa era will be gone.”
We asked the poster about his memories. He is a 56-year-old company worker from Saitama Prefecture, neighboring Tokyo. As a high-school student he worked part-time at the station for three years.
He recalls groups of youths known as the “Takenoko Tribe” and the “Roller Tribe.” They…
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