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Maker(s):Kageyama Kōyō
Culture:Japanese (1907-1981)
Title:From the Top of the Asahi Newspaper Building from 'One Hundred Views of Ginza at Night'
Date Made:1932-12-07
Materials:gelatin silver print
Measurements:Sheet: 11 x 14"; Image: 9.5 x 13"
Accession Number:  AC 2014.49
Credit Line:Museum purchase with gift of funds from Scott H. Nagle (Class of 1985) in honor of Samuel C. Morse, Howard M. and Martha P. Mitchell Professor of the History of Art and Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the Richard Templeton (Class of 1931) Photography Fund
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
In 1930 the city of Tokyo held the “Fukugensai,” a celebration affirming the city’s full recovery from the devastation of the Great Kantō Earthquake. The centerpiece of the rebuilt city was the Ginza—its main street lined with department stores, luxury shops, coffee shops, and restaurants, and its alleys filled with bars and cafés. At night the district was lit up by streetlamps, colorful neon lights, and the headlights of taxis and streetcars. At the northwest corner of the main intersection was the Hattori Watchtower Building, visible in the distance in the upper left-hand corner of this photograph, which Kageyama took from the roof of the Asahi Newspaper Building, where he worked as a photojournalist. The building survived World War II and remains a landmark today.

Professor Samuel C. Morse, 2015

cities; urban; perspective; night; lighting; men; automobiles

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