In the last 100 years, Japan has experienced a big transformation, from large wars followed by reconstruction and economic growth to the burst of the bubble.
Can’t you feel just how large this transformation was by comparing photos from present and past in this article?
Things changed, things unchanged.
What do you think?
Even streets lined with skyscrapers were once undeveloped countryside.
Now bustling with bullet train traffic, back then a tiny train station.
Tokyo Station, remaining as a symbol even today.
Home to lots of traffic even back in the day.
Japan’s leading merchant town, where young people gather.
A town for adult visits, glittering today as back then.
Beacon of kawaii culture with a surprisingly modest train station
Representing Japan, a fancy neighborhood and cultural influence since days past
An urban center underpinning Japan’s public safety
Now famous for its otakus, but known in the past as Electric Town.
Famous for the zoo and Ameyoko shopping street.
A popular tourist destination for Japanese and foreigners alike, famous for its Kaminarimon (“Thunder Gate”).
Astonishingly transformed Japan.
What changes will the next 100 years bring?