The hanging tree at Kagurazaka slope


Kagurazaka is one of the few districts in Tokyo that best retains historic townscape. The hanging tree emerges as a landmark from a hole in the timber and steel staircase that snakes up from the street to both the lower and upper levels of the two-storey building, preserving the memory of the city.


Opened in October 2014, this new Kagurazaka landmark plays a handful of different roles, including those of street fashion heaven, bookstore and café. The La Kagu building, designed by Kengo Kuma and Associates, is built around a 1965 storage facility that’s been carefully revamped while maintaining its Showa-era charm.