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Tokyo VernacularCommon Spaces, Local Histories, Found Objects$
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Jordan Sand

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520275669

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520275669.001.0001

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Deviant Properties

Deviant Properties

Street Observation Studies

(p.88) Chapter 3 Deviant Properties
Tokyo Vernacular

Jordan Sand

University of California Press

Chapter 4 centers on the activities of the Street Observation Studies Society, a group of artists, historians, and others who won a broad following with their documentation of overlooked and seemingly inexplicable details of the Tokyo streetscape. Street Observation was just part of a larger trend of urban exploration that became popular during the bubble years of the 1980s. It represented a challenge to state and capitalist urban visions. At the same time, it articulated a desire to appropriate the remaining fragments of the city that had not already been repackaged by capital.

Keywords:   streetscape, appropriation, ephemera, empiricism, Henri LeFebvre, Guy Debord, found art, Akasegawa Genpei, economic bubble

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