How Tokyo Has Changed In The Past 50 Years

How Tokyo Has Changed in the Past Fifty Years

Everywhere changes. New York, London, and, yes, Tokyo. But perhaps in Tokyo, like many huge cities in Asia, the changes have been more noticeable.

Recently Japan's biggest web forum 2ch, net users have been posting photos that show how the world's largest metropolis has changed over the past several decades.

How Tokyo Has Changed in the Past Fifty Years

Here, you can see Tokyo Station in 1933. Obviously, this area looked very, very different in, say, 1833.

The changes before the war were enormous, with the country going from feudalism to industrialisation to world power. After its defeat during World War II, cities like Tokyo and Osaka, which were bombed and firebombed heavily, were quickly rebuilt. Likewise, the changes were huge.

In the years leading up to the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, there was even more rebuilding. But as the nation became more prosperous during the 1970s and '80s, the face of the cities changed again — and of course development continues to this day with new building projects, such as Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown.

Via 2ch, let's have a look:

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Area

How Tokyo Has Changed in the Past Fifty Years

1962

How Tokyo Has Changed in the Past Fifty Years

2014

Yurakucho Station

How Tokyo Has Changed in the Past Fifty Years

1963

How Tokyo Has Changed in the Past Fifty Years

2011

Shinjuku Station

How Tokyo Has Changed in the Past Fifty Years

1963

How Tokyo Has Changed in the Past Fifty Years

2011

Shimbashi Station

How Tokyo Has Changed in the Past Fifty Years

1965

How Tokyo Has Changed in the Past Fifty Years

2011

Shibuya

How Tokyo Has Changed in the Past Fifty Years

1974

How Tokyo Has Changed in the Past Fifty Years

2011

Ginza

How Tokyo Has Changed in the Past Fifty Years

1970

How Tokyo Has Changed in the Past Fifty Years

Present Day

Look forward to seeing how these recent Tokyo photos compare to the city's future incarnations. See you in 50 years!

Pictures: 2ch


Comments

    I miss this place. My first time in Japan was like the best experience ever.

    hoping to visit Tokyo soon. ive always hap a fascination with Japan since i was little.

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