Honoring the past and fostering the future of Yanaka through cross generational resident connection
Yanaka is one of the few areas of Tokyo that was spared from bombing in WWII. It's Tokyo's most traditional district and is home to artisans, temples, winding lanes and some great restaurants. The Yanaka area is gradually declining. In the face of changing social changes, as a designer, how to drive the development of Yanaka and retain its own characteristics and coexist in a new era.
Observation & Insight
Mon, also monshō, mondokoro, and kamon, are Japanese emblems used to decorate and identify an individual, a family, or an institution or business entity. While mon is an encompassing term that may refer to any such device, kamon and mondokoro refer specifically to emblems used to identify a family.
Observation & Insight
Yanaka Ginza is named such after the famed shopping district in Tokyo’s Chuo Ward, although the similarities stop there. On Yanaka Ginza, there are purportedly around 60 shops that occupy a narrow street where only foot traffic is allowed.
Yanaka Cemetery was the largest cemetery in Japan at the time of its forcible creation. I have observed an interesting phenomenon. There is no clear demarcation between Yanaka Cemetery and Residential areas. Residents and Tourists use Yanaka Cemetery as a park to have fun there.
Residents use public spaces for their own purposes
such as air conditioner space and furniture space.
Yanaka residents make an effort to preserve tradition but also welcome change. Old houses can not support modern lifestyle. There is no urban regeneration plan in Yanaka area which can provide new housing units.
The relationship between residents is close.
Many residents have been living there for a long period, so they share their space and also life. Residents share part of their house for public such as store and food stand
Daienji Temple is a couple blocks up the hill on the left, marked with a sign in English and famed for Osen, a tea shop clerk, who was used as a model for the famous ukiyo-e artist Suzuki Harunobu. Also of interest at Daienji is the relief work on the temple eaves: elaborately carved depictions of dragons and other fanciful creatures.