PHOTO: Night-time projection celebrates restoration of Tokyo Station

September 22, 2012

THE ASAHI SHIMBUN

A dazzling video display will be projected onto the façade of the nearly 100-year-old Marunouchi station building in Tokyo, marking the completion of five-year restoration work there.

The display, Sept. 22 and 23, will use the latest digital technology to project moving images onto the red-brick building. The scenes include a belching steam locomotive, crowds of people and fireworks.

The display is called "Tokyo Station Vision" and celebrates the heritage of JR Tokyo Station, which opened in 1914. Work to preserve what remains of its original structure, now designated an Important Cultural Property of Japan, began in 2007.

A bank of 46 projectors will produce an image 30 meters high and 120 meters wide, using the same technology that wowed spectators at the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympic Games this summer.

The 10-minute show has a theme that draws on a “journey beyond space and time.” Showings will take place three times on both days, beginning at 8 p.m. A rehearsal was held Sept. 21.

The renovated building will open to the public from October.

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The show in rehearsal at the restored Marunouchi station building, part of JR Tokyo Station, Sept. 21. (Mari Endo)

The show in rehearsal at the restored Marunouchi station building, part of JR Tokyo Station, Sept. 21. (Mari Endo)

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  • The show in rehearsal at the restored Marunouchi station building, part of JR Tokyo Station, Sept. 21. (Mari Endo)

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