Showa era automated diorama takes you back to Ginza in the 50s

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Now that Japan is turning into this robot-controlled, anime-obsessed, superflat place, a lot of people are nostalgic for the good old days. We honor that nostalgia via quirky high-tech dioramas of the Showa era, like the Showa era living room with a working TV that I wrote about in 2006, and this brand new speaker system that has a diorama of 1955 Ginza on top of it. It’s a Ginza that not only replicates the past perfectly, but lights up with LED lights, emits sound effects, and well, if you play some Japanese 50s music, you’ll take yourself right back to the post-war. Pretty neat. The latter is actually a product you can buy, albeit for $2000, come April 10th.

Press release
(Japanese) via Gizmodo

7 thoughts on “Showa era automated diorama takes you back to Ginza in the 50s

  1. My Dad was stationed in Roppongi, Tokyo Japan from 1954 until 1956, and took tons of photos when he lived there. I am in the process of scanning them, and he has many photos of this area of Ginza. Here is one…
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/78769414@N00/1906146926/in/set-72157602926431813/
    I am uploading more pictures soon. Until then you can browse all my Dads photos from that time here…
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/78769414@N00/sets/72157602926431813/

  2. Lisa, feel free. I have many more to come, and it looks like some aren’t showing up because my Flickr Pro account expired. :( Once I get the money together, I’ll renew it and those pics should show again. Please Credit the picture to my Father, John Kenney.

  3. It’s a Ginza that not only replicates the past perfectly, but lights up with LED lights, emits sound effects, and well, if you play some Japanese 50s music, you’ll take yourself right back to the post-war. Pretty neat.
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