Cruise through the streets of Tokyo circa 1970

Seeing old cars is one thing, but how about an entire city-full of what are today rare classics? A portable video camera would have been very expensive back in 1970, but luckily someone had the foresight to get one and record an everyday drive through Tokyo.

Despite what the title says this is clearly in the early 1970s based on the cars on the streets. We see countless Toyota Crown taxis, but also privately owned cars like 510 Bluebirds, Glorias, a Toyota Corona, Honda Life, a rare Publica pickup and even a Porsche 911. Billboards for Canon, Toshiba, Sony and Mitsubishi all float by, and the last segment passes through Ginza right by the soon-to-be demolished San’ai Dream Center with the Morinaga Globe looming in the background. The air is probably thick with hydrocarbons but the views are simply amazing.


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1 Response to Cruise through the streets of Tokyo circa 1970

  1. Ian N says:

    Waaaah ! It was all over too soon! I enjoyed that.

    You gotta LOVE the “fade to white” transitions, popular as standard features on video cameras of the day (it could also still originally have been “filmed” on an actual film, camera – then digitised, but methinks unlikely in Japan)

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