Photos Of Tokyo In The 1970s Seen Through The Eyes Of A Canadian Who Moved There At The Time

Two School Girls, 1979
Photos Of Tokyo In The 1970s Seen Through The Eyes Of A Canadian Who Moved There At The Time

After arriving in Tokyo in the 1970s for what had to be a short trip, Greg Girard instantly made up his mind to stay there. The photographer got a part-time gig working as an English teacher, giving him plenty of time to explore the city with his camera. Renting a darkroom and making black and white prints, and sending his slide film to a commercial processing lab, his pictures from this period remained largely unseen until The Magenta Foundation put them together into a book called ‘Tokyo-Yokosuka 1976-1983’.

More: Greg Girard, Instagram h/t: boredpanda

Ikebukuro Subway Station, 1976
Photos Of Tokyo In The 1970s Seen Through The Eyes Of A Canadian Who Moved There At The Time

Having just arrived in Tokyo for the first time in 1976, Greg looked out at the city from the Yamanote Line, wondering why nobody had ever told him about this place.

“There was nothing at that time, in terms of available information, that could prepare you for your first visit to the world’s biggest, most intense and most unknown city on Earth,” he told Bored Panda. “I left my luggage in a coin locker and walked around the streets and alleys of Shinjuku all night and by morning decided I was going to try and figure out how to stay there.”

Keiko, Yoyogi Park, 1979
Photos Of Tokyo In The 1970s Seen Through The Eyes Of A Canadian Who Moved There At The Time

Greg lived in Tokyo for about three years in the late 70s and visited frequently from Hong Kong and Shanghai in the 80s, 90s, and 2000s. He lives in Canada now but still visits the city 2-3 times a year.

“I’d visit more if I could.”

Shinjuku, Cinema For Men, 1983
Photos Of Tokyo In The 1970s Seen Through The Eyes Of A Canadian Who Moved There At The Time

Shinjuku 5:09am, 1979
Photos Of Tokyo In The 1970s Seen Through The Eyes Of A Canadian Who Moved There At The Time

Shinjuku, 1979
Photos Of Tokyo In The 1970s Seen Through The Eyes Of A Canadian Who Moved There At The Time

Shinjuku, 05:00 Am, 1979
Photos Of Tokyo In The 1970s Seen Through The Eyes Of A Canadian Who Moved There At The Time

Lobby, Keio Plaza Hotel, 1980
Photos Of Tokyo In The 1970s Seen Through The Eyes Of A Canadian Who Moved There At The Time

Kabukicho Neon, 1977
Photos Of Tokyo In The 1970s Seen Through The Eyes Of A Canadian Who Moved There At The Time

Jakuza Greeting, Mr. Donuts, 1979
Photos Of Tokyo In The 1970s Seen Through The Eyes Of A Canadian Who Moved There At The Time

Bus Stop, 1977
Photos Of Tokyo In The 1970s Seen Through The Eyes Of A Canadian Who Moved There At The Time

Woman Kneeling In Street, 1980
Photos Of Tokyo In The 1970s Seen Through The Eyes Of A Canadian Who Moved There At The Time

American Sailor In Bar, 1976
Photos Of Tokyo In The 1970s Seen Through The Eyes Of A Canadian Who Moved There At The Time

Juli, Tokyo Bay, 1979
Photos Of Tokyo In The 1970s Seen Through The Eyes Of A Canadian Who Moved There At The Time

Well Dressed Young Man, 1976
Photos Of Tokyo In The 1970s Seen Through The Eyes Of A Canadian Who Moved There At The Time

Department Store Elevator Operator, 1977
Photos Of Tokyo In The 1970s Seen Through The Eyes Of A Canadian Who Moved There At The Time

Man In Suit, 1979
Photos Of Tokyo In The 1970s Seen Through The Eyes Of A Canadian Who Moved There At The Time

Shibuya Crossing, 1976
Photos Of Tokyo In The 1970s Seen Through The Eyes Of A Canadian Who Moved There At The Time

Judy Ong, Parco TV Commercial, 1980
Photos Of Tokyo In The 1970s Seen Through The Eyes Of A Canadian Who Moved There At The Time

Pasolini In Tokyo, 1976
Photos Of Tokyo In The 1970s Seen Through The Eyes Of A Canadian Who Moved There At The Time

Haneda Airport, Tokyo, 1979
Photos Of Tokyo In The 1970s Seen Through The Eyes Of A Canadian Who Moved There At The Time

Shinjuku, Kabuki-Cho (USA Club), 1976
Photos Of Tokyo In The 1970s Seen Through The Eyes Of A Canadian Who Moved There At The Time

Near Haneda Airport, Tokyo, 1979
Photos Of Tokyo In The 1970s Seen Through The Eyes Of A Canadian Who Moved There At The Time

Shin-Okubo, 1979
Photos Of Tokyo In The 1970s Seen Through The Eyes Of A Canadian Who Moved There At The Time

Man In Kabuki-Cho, 1976
Photos Of Tokyo In The 1970s Seen Through The Eyes Of A Canadian Who Moved There At The Time

Man In Cinema Lobby, 1982
Photos Of Tokyo In The 1970s Seen Through The Eyes Of A Canadian Who Moved There At The Time

Tokyo Bay, Ferry To Okinawa, 1982
Photos Of Tokyo In The 1970s Seen Through The Eyes Of A Canadian Who Moved There At The Time

Canal Near Haneda Airport, 1979
Photos Of Tokyo In The 1970s Seen Through The Eyes Of A Canadian Who Moved There At The Time

‘Lorena’, 11pm Show, 1979
Photos Of Tokyo In The 1970s Seen Through The Eyes Of A Canadian Who Moved There At The Time

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