The area around Shibuya station is well known to the millions of people who flow through the train station. What is not so well known by all those people is how the area used to look just 50 years ago.
There is a photo exhibition on at the moment presented by the Shibuya City Ward Office displaying some fantastic old photos of Shibuya including the Station area.
The Exhibition is running from June 30 to September 1, 2009. It is located in the Mark City West Mall’s Creation Square space. Entry is free, and the staff are very helpful and friendly.
It is interesting to see which buildings still exist now and which areas of land look totally different to the landscape back then.
Did you know that there used to be a cable car (not the street version, but one through the air), that used to operate from the Tokyu Department Store. They only allowed children to go on it and the adjacent building had not way to get down, so they had to ride back in the car again to Tokyu.
The cable car was very popular but only ran for one and half years in 1951.
There are some books on sale at the exhibition showing the “Now and Then” photos of Shibuya. I picked up these two books for YEN 1,000 each. They are a great reminder of the progress this area has seen in the past 50 years and make you think about what areas are coming up for redevelopment soon.
There are also some Hachiko Goods on sale and books telling the real story of the Hachiko legend.
- Shibuya Photo Exhibition is being held at Mark City, West Mall (Creation Square Space) from June 30 to September 1, 2009.