Tokyo Research

Tokyo’s Symbols

Symbol of the Metropolis

Tokyo Symbol and Logo
The symbol of the metropolis is made up of three arcs resembling a ginkgo leaf to represent the letter T for Tokyo. The metropolitan logo is normally rendered in a vivid green colour to symbolise Tokyo’s future growth, charm and tranquility. The symbol was officially adopted on June 1, 1989.
Tokyo Crest
The crest of Tokyo represents the sun radiating energy in six directions.

Ginkgo leaf

Tokyo Tree
Ginkgo biloba, a deciduous tree native to China reaching up to 30 meters in height, was designated the official metropolitan tree on November 8, 1996. Ginkgo trees are either male or female, and their distinctive fan-shaped leaves change from light green to bright yellow in autumn. The ginkgo tree is commonly found along Tokyo’s streets and avenues.

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James brought to the groups attention the Tokyo crest with cool designs inspired by it. I decided to look into it also. In the text above I like the idea of  ‘the sun radiating energy in six directions,’ this could create lots of possible.

From this I have the thought the centre could be a harvested star however James suggested an energy source more along the lines of something from ‘cloudy with a chance of meatballs’ which got me to thinking that a harvested star is really boring and I like his idea much better.

James’ blog:

Tokyo Visuals

I decided to do some visual research for inspiration of how we should design our floating city. I looked up famous attractions in Tokyo and here are some of the images I found.

Cultural / Organic Tokyo

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City Scenes in Tokyo


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Tokyo Living

Here’s an interesting video on compact living in Tokyo city as a result of the price of land:

Tiny coffin apartments:

Here’s a picture of the article which shows


Along side these not so pleasant living conditions there are some really brilliantly designed houses which push the limits of design through creating a spacious environment in compact spaces.


Here’s an article about the Tiny apartments of Tokyo;

The Nakagin Capsule Tower 1972

This is a famous tower in Tokyo designed by Kisho Kurokawa. This Kickstarter provides really interesting information about the Capsule Tower.

Not all of the capsules are still in use, some are used as office space but some are still rented for living.

Here’s a page actually offering rental of the capsules




I was browsing the ‘dezeen’ design website and found this article of Japan houses ; I really like the design on this house in central Tokyo.



Here’s an an Article on Japanese homes which ‘Redefine Micro Homes’

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