22 nostalgic photos that show what Tokyo looked like in the 1970s
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22 nostalgic photos that show what Tokyo looked like in the 1970s

Platform Conductor, Ikebukuro Station, 1976.

Greg Girard

Photographer Greg Girard spent his teenage days capturing images of the streets and people of Vancouver before he moved on to exploring Asian cities like Hong Kong and Tokyo. In his book, “Tokyo-Yokosuka 1976-83,” Girard shares largely unseen photos of the Japanese city right before its economic boom. Through his series of colored and black-and-white photos, he also explores Yokosuka, a town south of Tokyo that was home to a sprawling US Navy base. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.Canadian photographer Greg Girard spent years traveling across Asia, capturing photos of the streets and people in cities like Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Tokyo. After arriving in Tokyo in 1976, Girard was captivated by the sprawling city and decided to move into a tiny apartment, despite his plan for a brief visit. In his book titled “Tokyo-Yokosuka 1976-83,” Girard offers a rare glimpse into what life was like in the capital of Japan and surrounding areas during this time through a series of colored and black-and-white photos.Keep scrolling for a nostalgic look into the world of Tokyo before it became the bustling city it is today. 

As a teenager growing up in Vancouver, photographer Greg Girard would spend his weekends in cheap hotels downtown, capturing photos of his surroundings and the people he met.

Shinjuku at 5:09 a.m.

Greg Girard

But early on, he found himself branching out to different parts of the world, specifically Asian cities like Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Tokyo, Shibuya Crossing, 1976.

Greg Girard

In 1975, the photographer crossed paths with another traveler in Brunei who spoke of Tokyo in such a way that Girard knew he had to visit.

Shinjuku Weekend, 1976.

Greg Girard

With a multi-stop ticket in hand and plans for nothing more than a short stay, he landed in the Japanese capital.

Kabukicho, Tokyo, 1977.

Greg Girard

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