Photographer's Note

This is Hikarigaoka housing complex in Tokyo Nerima-ku. Before war, this place was the Narimasu airfield of the Japanese army through the green tract of land. It was requisitioned by the U.S. Forces after the war, and they were married quarters of the U.S. Forces till 1971. Then, it has agreed on the complete return to Japan by 1973 through Japan-U.S. Joint Committee in 1971. The former of the site was decided upon the redevelopment project as making a park and a housing complex into by halves. Construction groundbreaking started in 1977, and maintenance of a park and moving in of the residence started in 1983. In parallel, the institution of a water station, a garbage processing plant, a school, a baseball field, a tennis court, etc. was built, and entrance of a subway started. In 1984 and afterwards, Bus operation and a shopping mall were established and it developed into the full-scale local community. Now, about 12,000 households and about 40,000 persons are living in area of 186 ha around this. In Tokyo wards, it is the greatest housing complex. When I actually walk, a park is rolling and very large. Probably, it is presumed that there is a background the construction of this population city is the purpose of easing a population influx to Tokyo according to the overconcentration to Tokyo of politics and economy after the war.

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Additional Photos by mikio kato (kato) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1386 W: 219 N: 3395] (11630)
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