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Tokyo Mapped

This preliminary mapping project of the locations in Oliver L. Austin Photographic Collection has been researched and prepared by a team of Japanese enthusiasts for postwar Japan.  They include Mr. Yoneno Masayuki, an architect; Professor Sato Yoichi, a historian of urban development, Mr. Komoto Takao, a building maintenance engineer; and other members in their Facebook group.  Since this map is a work in progress, please send any suggestions and recommendations to us through the Contact Us tab.

The following link shows the locations of many of the images in the Austin Collection: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?usp=sharing&mid=1_mDAHet9kv1Pu78S29LNXtBxwNM

 

This October 2016 Nikkei News video features an interview with collection curator Dr. Annika A. Culver on the importance and aesthetic value of the photographs.

 

This October 2016 video by the Japan-based Nikkei News organization shows one of Dr. Oliver L. Austin's rare late 1940s color images of the famous "scramble crossing" in the Shibuya area of Tokyo, and explains its attraction today for both Japanese and foreign tourists. The Oliver L. Austin Photographic Collection has drawn much Japanese media and academic interest for its importance to the study of postwar reconstruction and urban history in Japan.