Photographer's Note

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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Additional Photos by mikio kato (kato) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1386 W: 219 N: 3395] (11630)
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