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Ginza Sunset

Posted in Places by tokyobling on February 27, 2015

I took these while walking around in Ginza during the blue hour, just after sunset but before it gets completely dark. My favorite time of the day as a photographer! In the last few years there seems to be a lot new construction in Ginza, not least fueled by demand due to economical boost of the cheaper yen and a richer China. These days there seems to be as many Chinese tourists in Ginza as domestic tourists and locals. Ginza is also one of the least populated neighborhoods in Chuo ward, only 3523 people live on the 0.87 square kilometers with most of the area devoted to office buildings and retail.

Sometimes holes open up in the urban landscape, like in the first photo where the Nissan building used to be. Not a very old building at all, but since this street crossing is one of the most valuable real estate locations in the world it makes sense to cram as much floorspace as possible into it. It will be interesting to see what will replace it!

The last photo too is one of these holes, where the old Matsuzakaya department store used to be. I blogged about the closing in 2013.











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  1. D... said, on February 27, 2015 at 10:34 am

    I had never heard it called the blue hour, there is something poetic about that description. I do like it. It is a beautiful hour and does seem like there would be a bit of magic for the photographer during that time. I also think that a lot of people are getting off work and thinking about their evening plans, it can be a calming time.

    Ah the holes, there’s always a bit of sadness when something has passed, but it leaves the opportunity for something new to come along and grow. The time in between is just waiting I think it can be unsettling for people.


  2. JUURI said, on March 2, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    The Bvlgari snake is a little scary! Ah, I love Ginza. I never get to spend as much time there as I like. I wish someday I could have endless time and endless energy and get to know all the magical streets.


    • tokyobling said, on March 3, 2015 at 7:54 am

      Snakes are supposed to be scary so at least they got that one right! (^-^) Always things to see in Ginza, just wish I had more opportunities to go up in all the buildings as well!


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