Another view from Ginza 4-chome looking towards Kyobashi. The high elevation affords a clear view over Tokyo.
Ginza’s celebrated willow trees are still very small on this image, but there are already horse-drawn streetcars. These started operations on June 25, 1882 (Meiji 15) and ran through 1904 (Meiji 37). That suggests that this photo was taken during the 1880s, or perhaps the 1890s.
The building with the small clock tower on the right is the Ginza Branch of the Kyoya Watch Shop (京屋時計店の銀座支店時計塔). It was for many years the symbol of Ginza and appears in many a nishiki-e (woodblock prints). It was located on Ginza 4-chome, which at the time was seen as the end of Ginza Avenue.
For more information and another photo of this exact same location, albeit photographed from street level, see Tokyo 1880s • Ginza Streetcar. For more information about Ginza, see Tokyo 1890s • Shinbashi Bridge, Ginza.
This image is generally attributed to Kozaburo Tamamura, but I recently found a print in a series of postcards that stated Photograph by Enami.
Reference for Citations
Duits, Kjeld (). Tokyo, 1880s: Ginza and Kyobashi, OLD PHOTOS of JAPAN. Retrieved on June 26, 2022 (GMT) from https://www.oldphotosjapan.com/photos/768/ginza-and-kyobashi
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