VIDEO: Tokyo life in 1992 was filled with boxy cars

The short film Goodnight, Tokyo is a love letter to Japan’s capital city. The 1992 video captured perfectly a slice of daily life in the metropolis — people going to work, children going to school, and trains, cars and boats going wherever it is they go. What’s unusual about this video is that it was filmed in high-definition, a rarity at the time. You can tell it’s 1992 by the skyline, the women’s hairstyles, and, of course, the cars. 

While isn’t a ton of vehicular footage, what exists is a fascinating study in boxiness. There streets are full of gloriously angular one-box vans, Hino cabovers, and Toyota Crowns. So many Toyota Crowns. There’s a guest appearance by an FJ40, but other than that it’s pure Bubble Era. Another clue that it’s 1992: the unfinished Rainbow Bridge.

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7 Responses to VIDEO: Tokyo life in 1992 was filled with boxy cars

  1. Nigel says:

    Wonder how different it would look if this was filmed in the same places in 2018.

  2. Toyotageek says:


    After watching that, I found this – has a few more cars…

  3. jivecom says:

    This was exactly what I needed right before bedtime. Thanks for this

  4. sedanlover says:

    Haha those pay phone banks!
    “I’ve gotta check my messages”

  5. dbdr says:

    Oh how I wish I could have been there!

    On 8:47 there’s an Opel Omega on the right side – must be quite rare in Japan!

  6. potato says:

    Imagine an R32 or Supra mk-iv driving on that road during that period. reminds us of how futuristic some cars were/still are.

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