“Omotesando (Shibuya Ward), December 5, 1986”/”Omotesando (Shibuya Ward), August 1, 2012” On collection at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
- OmotesandoFrom a Road Leading to Meiji Jingu Shrine to a Cutting-Edge Town
- Omotesando, now lined with buildings of famous brands, was established along with Meiji Jingu Shrine, which enshrines the Meiji Emperor, during the Taisho era as a road leading to the shrine from Aoyama Street. Even today there are two enormous stone lanterns marking the temple road at the intersection where Aoyama Street and the temple road meet as well as at the intersection on Meiji Street in front of the shrine. The reason the Omotesando area became a center of fashion was because “Dojunkai Aoyama Apartments” started being used for commercial purposes. After World War II, apartments were sold off individually and boutiques and galleries moved in, turning the area into a cutting edge center of fashion along with “Harajuku”. “Dojunkai Aoyama Apartments” were rebuilt into “Omotesando Hills” in 2006, developing as a district that attracts the fashion-conscious and serves as a hub for the latest adult fashions and trends.