Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building Dome Interior After Restoration

The newly restored dome interior of Tokyo Station. It features egg-yolk yellow plaster, floral reliefs in the form of clematis plants, eagle-shaped relief with a wingspan of more than 2 meters, and Zodiac animal reliefs (ox, tiger, dragon, snamke, goat, monkey, dog, boar). Ridges and eaves are copper sheathed, with no artificial green aging applied so that it can age naturally over time.

The building was designed by Kingo Tatsuno (1854-1919) and opened in 1914, an historic work representing Meiji-style (late 19th century to early 20th century) western architecture. Postwar reconstruction altered certain parts of the building, but the 2012 restoration brought back its original form. Old photographs, documents and literature were used as reference. Interior elements that had hopes of being preserved were reinforced and refitted.

I took this photo on a weekday morning, just after the morning rush hour. Customizable prints and postcards are available on Zazzle.

A version looking straight up above (using a fish eye lens) is available on iPad cases, cards, prints, throw pillows and tote bags via Redbubble. I added lettering that says “I love Tokyo” with the city’s name written in Japanese. For all who love the Big City!

Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building Dome Interior After Restoratio

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