Shinjuku Tokyo skyline timelapse: 35 years in 10 seconds

This time-lapse video depicts 35 years' worth of construction in Tokyo's fashionable (and vertical!) Shibuya Shinjuku district in ten seconds. Link (via Digg)


  1. The pictures–not of Shibuya but of Shinjuku, as noted by RISU81–are almost certainly the same as those published in a book in Japan in March 2006. Edited by Nakanishi Motoo, the book’s title is “Myakudou suru choukousou toshi, gekihen kiroku 35 nen — Nishi Shinjuku teiten satsuei” — translated literally, “The pulsating ultra-high-rise city, a 35-year record of upheaval — fixed-point photographs of Nishi Shinjuku.” The photographs printed in the book are much sharper and more interesting than the grainy YouTube video. A Web site, in Japanese, associated with the project is at

  2. I don’t mean to be a nitpicker (well, OK, yeah, I guess I do) but the story’s headline says “Shinkuju”; it’s actually “Shinjuku.”

    Shinjuku Station is the busiest train station in the world; twenty years ago, I used to pass through it twice a day, to and from school.

  3. And it’s not fashionable… there’s nothing there! Just hotels and office buildings (mainly) so it’s a virtual desert on the weekends… unlike Shibuya…

  4. Certainly some rapid growth, but not as rapid as I had assumed before watching the video. As one of the posters on youtube commented, ’35 years in Shinjuku is like 10 in Shanghai’. Doing a project like this in any fast-growing city today, I wonder how difficult it would be to find a vantage point which would remain standing an unobstructed for 35 years.

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    Please, for the love of god, make it so when you link to something, it opens in a new window. I can’t count the number of times I’ve accidentally closed out of BoingBoing and had to scroll through dozens of posts to get back to where I was.

  6. Ahhh, Shinjuku…how I love you and your authentic Irish pubs, Tokyu Hands & entire floor of English books at Kinokunia…

    As compared to BFE Hokkaido where I currently reside, which is about as exciting as watching paint dry…

  7. Shinjuku is a fast place! Just love it! I am amazed that I could “just happen to meet” the one or two people I know in this city of 28 million on a few memorable occasions…

  8. hmm… Shinjuku in 35 years, Shanghai in 10, Beijing in 5 (if that!)

    I’m amused at how the soundtrack manages to make the thing sound sexual and vaguely vulgar.

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