Ginza Spring Sunset
More photos from Ginza, a month or so ago, after the rain but minutes before sunset when the sky is the most beautiful. Ginza is easily one of the most walkable areas in Japan. There are subway stops just about everywhere, you are never more than a block away from a cafe or restaurant and the sidewalks are huge by Japanese standards. Most of the building are clad in glass and reflect the light from the sky beautifully.
According to the latest statistics, 3484 people lived in Ginza as of April 2014, which is a substantial increase since 1998 when only 2963 persons called Ginza home. The secret is the decade and half long residential building boom that has changed the face of much of central Tokyo, reversing a long population decline that saw people move out of of the city center and into neighboring prefectures and cities. You can feel this change most vividly if you are out in central Tokyo after dark or if you try to ride a bicycle on crowded city sidewalks, there are just much more people out and about!
While far from the heights reached in the Bubble Economy days of the 1980s, land prices in Ginza is still astronomical, just in these photos you can see a fair share of the highest priced plots of land in the world.