Dec 02 2020 16 CommentsAn old Tokyo restaurant then and now One day, this colourful, 45 years in business little restaurant was on the corner as usual. Then come sunrise on another day, it simply wasn’t.
This makes me sad…….
Yeah, it’s always sad to see these places disappear. This was such a great looking building too…
Something I know too well in Hong Kong: What a difference a day makes…
How long do you think that restaurant was there for?
I bet. And yeah, it really does…
There was a sign up saying they were closing after 45 years. A good run for sure, but still a shame it had to come to an end.
I wonder what will replace it. We all seem to have an inate resistance to change. Let’s have another photograph of the same plot in 45 years and see what has happened 🙂
I love how tidy the workers have left the borders of the plot. And the old twig broom that was used lying there on the soil.
I suspect accommodation of some kind. The little apartment building next to it went as well, so possibly a slightly bigger complex. As for another shot in 45 years — that’ll have to be done by someone younger than me unfortunately!
Yes, incredibly neat, isn’t it? There is always someone there to sweep up and hose the street down afterwards.
Pessimist 🙂 I might be a brain-in-a-jar by then but you’ll still be beetling about with your Leica cyborg ocular implants.
Haha, that’s a suitably dystopian view of the future!
I like the cyclist in the first and the sunlight in the second. No more the ability to keep a bicycle seat dry.
There’s a lot of built environment commentary in your photos, and it’s interesting to contrast and compare.
Hopefully they are not going to put a carbuncle in its place.
Alas there isn’t. I like the bicycle and cyclist in the first one, and of course their absence in the second. As for the sunlight, it’s the first time I’ve ever got up before dawn to go and photograph a digger. A friend sent me a photo when it was left there at the end of the day, so I knew it very likely would be gone early doors the next. Would have have loved the light to be coming in the other direction, but that was my one chance as the digger was indeed moved a bit later.
Pretty sure some fairly nondescript accommodation will go up in its place. Usually the case.
Cheers. Good to know it’s not just me who finds such contrasts and changes interesting. Thanks for the link too. Listening to the album now after not doing so for way too long.
Literally sunrise. That’s dedication! The Golden Hour and all lined up with the eave too.
It certainly seemed a case for architecture and morality for that little plot.
I know eh? Must be honest though, I didn’t go as far as setting my alarm. Decided that if I woke up early I’d go, and if not I’d just hope it was still there later. Then when I did actually wake up early it was incredibly tempting to just stay in bed, but glad now that I made the effort.
Yeah, you were spot on with that. No doubt about it.
Bernadette Loftus says
Heartbreaking. I loved the colorful awning.
Something similar is happening in my neighborhood. It’s not buildings they’re bulldozing but undeveloped land full of trees and wildlife. My house is surrounded by plots of undeveloped land. It’s only a matter of time before my wildlife neighbors turn into human neighbors. And all the deer, turtles, armadillos, various species of snakes, birds (one of which is endangered), and beautiful butterflies and moths, and plants of all kinds will all have to try and find new homes. The price of development, they say. I think sometimes the cost is too high, both for nature and for the humans who must close their doors after decades of surviving. It’s truly heartbreaking. But, I guess, it’s progress.
Yeah, it is. And that awning really was something special eh? The sign too.
That is sad. Sounds like currently at least it’s a lovely place to live — both for you and the varied wildlife.
Nothing stays the same forever of course, and that can be both good and bad, but I agree, what is often deemed progress definitely doesn’t feel like it sometimes…
This reminds me of all things of the opening of 1 of the final episodes of Breaking Bad where there’s a flashback of Jesse & Walter in the desert and they’re chatting and then they vanish.
Time scares the heck out of me. It changes so fast it blindsides yoy.
Yes, I’m with you on that. It really does. Although if nothing else, scenes like the ones above are often much needed reminders to enjoy what you can, when you can, ‘cos leave it too long and the chance will very likely have gone…