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160308-0031 - Kokugikan Sumo Hall

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Tokyo Showa 1930s Unknown

A streetcar in front of the Kokugikan, also known as Sumo Hall in Tokyo’s Ryogoku district (両国国技館).

The hall was opened in 1909 (Meiji 42) and was designed by famed architect Kingo Tatsuno (辰野金吾, 1854–1919), who also designed Tokyo Station (1914) and the headquarters of the Bank of Japan (1896).

The building was destroyed by fire, the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 (Taisho 12) and WWII bombing, but it was rebuilt each time. It was demolished in the early 1980s, just a wee bit over 70 years old.

From a series called Great Tokyo (大東京, Dai Tokyo).

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