1940s Ginza canal Wako aerial view Tokyo

An aerial photo of Ginza, Tokyo, circa 1940, looking north. To the right (east) is a canal (the Sanjikken-hori River 三十間堀川) that used to flow through here until some time after the war. See: Canals of the Ginza: floating through time on Tokyo’s central waterways 東京江戸「水の都」 The curved, sand-colored building in the center-left of the photo is the Wako Department store in Ginza crossing; this building famously survived the Tokyo firebombings of WW2.

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