Monday, February 02, 2009

Goo's historic Tokyo maps

color sample A while ago, Goo added an interesting twist to its online map service: historic aerial maps of Tokyo. In addition to satellite images of Tokyo, you can go back in time and see what the city looked like in Shōwa 22 (1947) and 38 (1963). The enormous transformation from a war-torn capital to the current-day crowded metropolis is absolutely mind-boggling. It's also worth pointing out that there is a new "Meiji" layer, which features cartographic data of the Meiji era, and puts the city's wards and boundaries in yet another perspective.

2 Comments:

OpenID mike said...

Wow. Thanks for the heads-up about this. Spent a few minutes seeing what my neighborhood looked like from the air way back when. Really interesting to see both what parts are totally different (e.g., the huge water reservoirs that used to be where all the tall skyscrapers in Nishishinjuku now stand) and what has stayed that much the same (e.g., smaller roads and walkways that follow exactly the same lines the have for the last 60 years or more).

February 02, 2009 4:19 PM  
Anonymous karl said...

just gorgeous.

Yoyogi through the years

February 03, 2009 6:32 AM  

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