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After a very long pause I'm back with the second entry of this City Journal!

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Inoue District is in front of Asumi District, just across the River.

Has historically been a working class industrial district but in the last ten years the gentrification process has led to the rise of many highrise condos along the waterfront.

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Inoue district began to develop during the period of Japanese colonization, when some small food factories settled in the area after the opening of Tennobashi (now Tower Bridge).

With the end of the war and the mass arrival of immigrants from Manchuria and Korea factories increased in number and the residents of the district grew similarly, creating the need for public housing operations.

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Starting the late nineties many factories have closed or moved, many public housing were demolished or renovated and privatized, real estate companies have started to build towers and open shopping centers like the one on the right of the image.

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There are now only skyscrapers built in part of the district close to the river.

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Although if there are some office towers are condos that shape the skyline of Inoue District.

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However, some factories still survive alongside the new buildings: the Hirohashi Brewery at the center of this picture was founded in 1923 by a merchant from Osaka on his return from Qingdao.

Today Hirohashi Beer produced here is exported to several Asian countries.

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Coming from Asumi District just after crossing the river Saito Line stops at Osakedōri Station.

Osakedōri, literally translated as Alcohol Street takes its name from the many pubs that are located along the street a few steps from Hirohashi Beer's brewery.

Even if the customers of those pubs are no longer only workers from nearby factories you can still feel the working-class atmosphere of this neighborhood.

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Kita Inoue Station is the main train station of Inoue District, it has an humble looks but within a few years will be enlarged to accommodate the growing population of the district.

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Saito Line continues through the suburbs, the cityscape here is different from the waterfront highrises: old tenements are still mixing with warehouses.

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This is Minami Inoue Station on Saito Line, it has been recently renovated to house shops inside.

Stations in the suburbs are the core of neighborhoods and shops concentrate around them.

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Despite the high population density of the city the mountains and the hills that surround it are covered with large conifers.

In fact winter snows make it difficult maintenance of roads on slopes, so the buildings suddenly stop once reached the mountains.

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Not too far from the waterfront condos many inhabitants of Inoue District live in normal small houses.

It is not rare for them, squeezed between the skyscrapers and the mountains, to have small fields or paddies.

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And finally a mosaic of the whole Inoue District. (my first try on a trans city mosaic)

Here you can see all the places shown earlier, furthermore in the lower left corner you can see Downtown Asumi while on the lower right lies Horie District and the newly built Hirohashi Television Tower

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