Mad Men style in modern Tokyo?

For a brief moment, Shinjuku’s bright lights and general hullabaloo slipped away, and it seemed like we were in a world I’m only familiar with through photographs or film — the buttons on the telephones the only real disappointment.

1950s style Tokyo


  1. Martin says

    A fedora, a proper wool coat, trousers exactly the right length and no cell phone. I think you found a time traveler.

  2. Willy says

    On my first visit to Japan in 1989, before the cell phone, there were rows of telephoning business men bowing repetitively as they grovelled to their bosses or customers while on lined-up arrays of public phones at train stations. It was such a strange and somewhat comical sight. It looked almost exactly like chickens pecking at a feed trough.

    • says

      Cheers! I walked down to the exit of the station on my way out for the day, and there he was. A sign that it was going to be a very good day indeed!

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