Kasumigaoka Apartments: The People Evicted Twice for the Tokyo Olympics

Mori Mayumi, Jordan Sand*

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This essay introduces the stories of four former residents of a municipal housing complex built in the late 1950s in central Tokyo. In the immediate aftermath of World War II, the interviewees and their families had found shelter in and around an abandoned Imperial Japanese Army base. After moving them into concrete housing blocks in order to hide their settlement prior to Tokyo's hosting of the Olympics in 1964, the city moved them again in preparation for the 2020 Olympics. Their stories reveal the ways that war and defeat left the city’s population to fend for themselves, as well as the long tug-of-war that ensued between the interests of settlers and those of the municipal and national governments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)436-447
Number of pages12
JournalCity and Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Aug 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Firebombing
  • Olympics
  • Oral History
  • Public Housing
  • Tokyo
  • World War II

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Urban Studies


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