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)

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  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 http://www.paos.net/nishishinjuku/.

  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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