SHOWA SNAP: Ginza, Tokyo, 1971

The clock tower of the Wako department store has seen countless cars pass beneath its face. Standing over one of the busiest intersections of Tokyo, the 4-chome crossing in Ginza, since 1932, it even predates times when cars were common in Japan. In 1971, these cars included plenty of Toyota Crown taxis, a Honda N360, and a then-new Nissan Bluebird 510. At the end of the corner from where this photo was taken stands the Nissan Crossing showroom, a landmark since 1963. For many, Ginza is a must-visit area thanks to its plentiful retails stores. Just know that it’s also an excellent place to car watch while the rest of your traveling companions shop.

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3 Responses to SHOWA SNAP: Ginza, Tokyo, 1971

  1. Eric says:

    Was there at the end of March, checked out the Nissan Crossing showroom. And yes, there are a bunch of cool cars rolling around. Snapped a few pics of the cool rides including a Century or two. 🙂

  2. What a beautiful photo. I love seeing old scenes like this. Just a normal night to the locals, but I’m glad someone captured the moment and preserved it.

  3. Negishi no Keibajo says:

    I turn that very corner on the way to breakfast at Tsukiji. The 1971 version of me would be on the way back from skipping school & on the way back from Akihabara. The round building in the left was Mitsubishi forever but its now Casio. They are just replacing the 60’s vintage subway entrances as we speak. The Ginza Line underneath is the oldest subway in asia opening in 1927. Around the corner is a beer hall… nevermind.

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