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A major landmark of Japan’s capital – JR Tokyo Station – has been undergoing renovations since 2007 to return to its post-WWII appearance. Originally built in 1914, it was heavily damaged by bombing raids in 1945, only to reopen 6 years later in a lesser state.

To celebrate the new renovations JR East enlisted NHK Enterprise and jumped on the 3D projection mapping craze, creating a 10-minute long video that animated the stationary facade of Tokyo Station with added sound effects and music. Although the sense of scale you get live doesn’t get replicated on YouTube, below is what the audience was treated to over the weekend when Tokyo Station Vision ran on September 22 and 23.

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