Tokyo Rooftops
*First broadcast on November 10, 2020.
Tokyo is a crowded city. Its rooftops represent valuable space, and they're used in some very creative ways. This time on Japanology Plus, our theme is Tokyo rooftops. Our main guest is Kurakata Shunsuke, an architectural history specialist from Osaka City University. He takes us on a tour of amusement parks, gardens and other unique rooftop spaces. We also meet photographer Takano Akira, who shows us his favorite city rooftops. Along the way we discover rooftop shrines, rice fields and many more surprises.
Peter Barakan meets Kurakata Shunsuke, a specialist in architectural history.
This garden is situated in central Tokyo, on the roof of a major company's headquarters.
Rooftop amusement parks were once very popular. This Ferris wheel is one of the last remaining rides.
This brand-new rooftop space offers seating and special events, turning a great view into a complete experience.