SHOWA SNAP: Traffic in eastern Tokyo circa 1964

We haven’t done a Showa Snap in a while, but this shot of Tokyo from 1964 seemed like a good photo to bring it back with. This shot of eastern Tokyo is another bustling street scene, with buses, streetcars, and swarm of sedans. The big ones — Toyota Crowns, Nissan Cedrics, and the occasional Isuzu Bellel — are almost all taxis. Privately owned cars number much fewer. Datsun Bluebirds seem to be the popular choice, and the distinct rounded shape of a VW Beetle stands out from the crowd. You can practically smell the hydrocarbons as you gaze upon that beautiful sunset.

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7 Responses to SHOWA SNAP: Traffic in eastern Tokyo circa 1964

  1. jim simpson says:

    Love these windows back in time… keep bringing them for our enjoyment…

  2. MikeRL411 says:

    The 410 and 411 Datsun Blue Birds were the favorite of non-Diabatsun controlled taxi firms [Green cabs]. Why? “Strong car, never break” per drivers whom I asked.

  3. Brett says:

    More please!

  4. Toyotageek says:

    I like Showa Snap. 🙂

  5. Ben Hsu says:

    Thanks for the feedback, everyone. We will do more!

  6. Negishi no Keibajo says:

    Great picture. Can anyone see a single dirty or bashed up car?!

    • Ian N says:

      They’re all dirty cars nowadays aren’t they? (Net Zero) (-:

      No bashed-up examples spotted, but I do have an early Mazda R360 catalogue and I don’t know if they were on an extremely thin budget back then, but one of the cars pictured definitely has a dent in it!

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