May 21, 2009

Historical Space

A tunnel next to Yurakucho station. Slightly grimy eateries are situated on one side, while several decades' worth of advertisements line the other. It presents a nice change from the constantly renovated buildings of the surrounding Ginza/Marunouchi area, where history is slowly glossed away behind a veneer of the new. We have the JR to thank: so long as the railways are in place, the establishments right below them cannot be touched. Thus, the new is forced to coexist with the old, and a poster for Charlie Chaplin's 1940 film The Great Dictator shares its space with ads for Zima.

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