Tokyo’s cute signboard architecture

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Many old buildings that survived the war and earthquake remain in Tokyo.
If you walk around the old-fashioned shopping streets and downtown areas, you will find retro buildings that you are interested in …
Actually, it may be “signboard architecture”.

Signboard architecture is a wooden store and residence built after the Great Kanto Earthquake.
The front part is decorated with copper plates, tiles, mortar, etc. like a signboard.
The unique decoration is not a prominent architect,
Most of them were freely given by the owner and craftsmen involved in the construction.
The unconventional and fun appearance still fascinates people’s hearts.

Signboard architecture that is being demolished every day due to aging and vacant houses.
Even at this moment, it will decrease, but it will not increase.
In this book, we have collected valuable Tokyo signboards that are still in operation.
Stores that are open can also actually step inside the building.
It is full of charms of “signboard architecture walk” that is fun to see and more fun to visit.

Kanda / Jimbocho area
Nihonbashi area
Ginza / Tsukiji area
Shinagawa / turf / Takanawa area
Taitung / Sumida area
Other areas

Release Date:
March, 2020

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BMC (Bill Mania Cafe)

BMC (Bill Mania Cafe) is a group of five people (Shinichi Takaoka, Yumiko Kawahara, Daisuke Sakaguchi, Masaki Iwata, Tatsuko Inoue) who gathered with the same thought that “buildings in the 1950s and 70s are cool!” An activity that sings the charm of the building from the perspective of.

The base of activities is Osaka. Buildings built during the period of high economic miracle could not be seen being demolished one after another without being noticed, and in order to appeal to the world its appeal, we held events using good buildings and held ” He is energetically active besides his main business, such as the irregular publication of “Monthly Building”.

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