Ginza morning


“Ginza morning” is an essay by Okamoto Kiddo, a writer known for “Hanshichi Torimonocho” (the first detective novel in Japan), written in 1901 during the Meiji era.

The narrator, who seems to be located at the Owari-cho intersection (present-day Ginza 4-chome), depicts the manners and customs of the people and their various professions as if he were a camera, as the town begins to move quietly on a summer morning.

By combining “Morning in Ginza” (text) from 1901 and “Morning in Ginza” (video) as it really was in 2019, this project attempted to highlight the gap of about 100 years between our daily lives, the invisible layers of time, and the “scenery” that cannot be seen in the video.