Shinjuku is the town developed as the key place of the traffic in which the town in postwar Tokyo spreads to the west, and a commercial town of postwar reconstruction. The town in Shinjuku differs in a scene greatly at a west entrance and the east gate bordering on Shinjuku Station. Although the west entrance had Yodobashi water purification plant as the birthplace of modern water service in Tokyo, it transferred to the suburbs in 1965 in the midst of Japan being high economic growth. The Shinjuku cluster of high-rise buildings were built as part of a newly emerging city center plan at the vast former site. And, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office has relocated from Marunouchi to the Shinjuku west entrance in 1991. On the other hand, in the Shinjuku east gate, it prospered at the Edo period as a post town along the Koshu Highway. By the Great Kanto Earthquake (1923), shopping quarter were destroyed totally downtown area by weak subsurface layer, such as the Ginza, Asakusa, and population of these area decreased sharply. Since Shinjuku located in the easternmost end in Musashino Plateau hardly suffered damage because strong foundation, and developed with rapid increase of the population of the suburbs as shopping quarter. The Shinjuku east gate shows the prosperity more than prewar days as the postwar period also as a base of amusement and theater of Tokyo. There is Kabukicho at one corner of the ground of the Shinjuku Station north direction. Kabukicho has 1 chome and 2 chome, and there are many restaurants, comic book/internet cafes, taverns, amusement centers, foods and entertainment businesses, etc. in a row of the multi-use building, and it is also called "the town which does not sleep." It is a confused and exciting place where neons and signboards stand out and which is crowded with young people.
This photograph was photographed from Yasukuni street towards a Kabukicho's passage at early morning. So, this passage has hardly changed it with the atmosphere of 50 years ago, although there is change of a store.
The cluster of high-rise buildings of the Shinjuku west entrance seen from Kabukicho: Workshops
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cargus (6460) 2013-01-10 21:48
Interesting street scene animated with characters, well framed buildings, colors and excellent contrast, good performance ...
macjake (39235) 2013-01-10 21:51
here we have another awesome street scene from Japan.
I wish we could view these everyday.
so much to keep our visual senses alive and interested.
lousat (57674) 2013-01-11 1:40
Hi Kato,very very nice capture of the morning of this district,i like your perspective and the perfect exposure to take so well lights and colors,great WS too! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
yquem46 (32271) 2013-01-11 2:02
never been to Japan and this street really impresses me
Like walking in a narrow corridor of lights and neons
A nice night catch
jhm (122458) 2013-01-12 1:07
This is the modern version of the new world, day and night cars and visitors, a totally changing world against 50 year ago.
Your picture is an excellent contribution to the a lot pictures on TE, as an other world and modern architecture..
Depth and perspective are certainly present, together a good architecture image.
Composition and presentation be superb.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
gus72 (2508) 2013-01-12 17:14
Hi Mikio !!
even though I like to live in a tranquil place and close to nature I also like to see ( from time to time ) the busy side of city life.Here we see signs, signs, and more signs and those signs make this photo interesting and fun.Very few people early in morning.
Nice documental type of shot.Well done.
serp2000 (29206) 2013-01-12 23:04
"Tokyo by night City full of light You see in my eyes Tokyo by night.."
Excellent photo, Mikio! Attractive picturesque eye-catching photo!My compliments!
abmdsudi (26281) 2013-01-13 6:26
Superb night shot, a lively street scene of a famous spot and the wondrous lights and multi colors from the neons. By focusing on main interests making them very significant, full of vibrancy and a visual feast for the eyes and lovely how well you have composed this, a truly superb night image highly influencial to the eyes as it stands out strikingly. A remarkable shot indeed. Congrats.
ikeharel (37356) 2013-05-09 0:46
"Busy" cityscape, Mikio.
Many signs in diff. colors and in a language I am not familiar, but used to.
Good dynamic scale, well conveyed the street in quiet action.
Have a nice afternoon, Japan time.
- Copyright: mikio kato (kato) (6777)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-01-10
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Pentax K10 D, Pentax DA 50-200 f4-5.6 ED
- Exposure: f/4, 1/60 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2013-01-10 19:30