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Until the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and the later Tokyo Fire Bombings during WWII, Tokyo used to be primarily made up of the type of wooden houses which still grace Kyoto. With the modern revamp, Tokyo gained a unique mix of architecture, with a strong emphasis on steel, concrete and funky shapes. Natural materials are making a comeback however and the city recently announced plans for a 350m tall wooden skyscraper. While that’s not scheduled to open until 2041, here are some architectural gems you can ogle right now.
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