CITIES | TOKYO :: The City as It Appeared ca. 1960

I came across this video of Tokyo in 1960 and was amazed at how much basic infrastructural work had been done to the city by 1960. The Tokyo Olympics were only four years away and the city was getting ready for its post-war close-up.

All of the ingredients for a great consumer society — trains and their stations (including this James Bondish one above and below), department stores, and lots of neon — were already in place.

Japan’s rise from the ashes of defeat is truly one of  the 20th century’s most amazing recoveries.

Thanks to saudade77 for posting this glimpse into the past.

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