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Looking back at Tokyo Olympic Village

I took these photos of the Tokyo Olympic Village a long time ago, in April 2020.  That was more than one year before the games started.  At that time, my school had temporarily closed to the pandemic.  So for about two months, I didn’t go to work.  Well, I did go out to shoot, but not often.  I only went out to places that weren’t crowded.  

empty Tokyo Olympic Village
unfinished Tokyo Olympic Village buildings

Tokyo is very crowded, so finding interesting places with few people took some time.  But, one day, I saw Tokyo Olympic Village on TV.  It seemed perfect. Work at the site hadn’t finished, so it wouldn’t be crowded. 

tower at Tokyo Olympic Village
Tokyo Olympic Village apartments

Actually, I’d been there many times.  Next to the village is the Harumi Passenger Ship Terminal.  The terminal is a great place to photograph Rainbow Bridge and spots around Tokyo Bay.  So, yes, I knew it well.  But that was well before construction for the village had begun.


Anyway, when I went for these photos, I was happy with the state of things.  The buildings weren’t finished.  The only people around were security guards.  The area looked like a ghost town.  I had everything to myself.

Tokyo Olympic Village accomodation
Tokyo Olympic Village apartment buildings

Tokyo Olympic Village turned out to be the perfect place to photograph.  It was safer photographing there than many other places in the city. I felt it was like walking around a ghost town, though.

Harumi Olympic Village building

The apartment buildings were almost complete.  What work remained was cosmetic.  The grounds were waiting for lawns, trees, and plants.  I couldn’t see the buildings’ interiors well, but they seemed devoid of fittings and furniture.

empty streets around Tokyo Olympic Village

The buildings?  They were big, and the architecture was bland.  I wouldn’t call it beautiful.  Everything looked big and blocky.  When I look at these photos several years later, that’s what I still think.  They just look like standard concrete boxes.  I don’t think I’d enjoy living in one. 

Harumi apartment buildings

If you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.  And if you saw the Tokyo Olympic Village on TV and think my thoughts about it are out of line, let me know that too!

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