Tokyo | Historical Documents, Yoyogi National Gymnasium
Yoyogi National Gymnasium © 1963, Japan Press Research Institute
Yoyogi National Gymnasium © 2013, Japan Press Research Institute
The photos above were showcased at Photo Exhibition: Half a Century of Tokyo — A news agency as an eyewitness in 2013. The first photo was taken in 1963, showing Kenzo Tange’s Yoyogi National Gymnasium under construction. Yoyogi National Gymnasium (venue of swimming events) and annex (venue of basketball competitions) were under construction in part of former U.S. Army housing area called Washington Heights in Yoyogi district in December 1963 ahead of Tokyo Olympics. It had been used by the US Military as “Washington Heights” before it was converted into the Olympic Village for the 1964 Games. The former Washington Heights area was later redeveloped to become Yoyogi Park in October 1967. The park features soccer grounds and an athletics stadium. By comparing the location back and then, the incredible transformation of Tokyo over the decades becomes visible.