The Bubble Economy (1985-1995): Historical Aerial Photos of Odaiba’s Daiba District (1974-2000)

Odaiba has undergone major transformation since 1970s from an industrial port serving mainly secondary industry to a high-tech “Teleport Town” for tertiary industry and coastal living. The change is easily identifiable from the following series of aerial photos that revealed the dominant activities of the time.

Fig. 1. Daiba District 1974

“木場” (kiba) is lumberyard in Japanese. Daiba was used primarily as a storage yard, taking advantage of its coastal location for accessibility and transport efficiency.


Fig. 2. Daiba District 1979

In light of the declining secondary industry, the use of kiba had notably shrunken. As the lumberyards are cleaned, traces of large scale infrastructure came into sight (road in construction at bottom left corner).


Fig. 3. Daiba District 1984

The storage yard had completely disappeared by 1984. Vehicles can be spotted on the main road. A new government pier was also built (bottom left).


Fig. 4. Daiba District 1989

From Daiba, the new town started to extend its connection back to central Tokyo with the Rainbow Bridge under construction.


Fig. 5. Daiba District 1992

The Rainbow Bridge made commendable progress (opened 1993). The Yurikamome line was also constructed along the bridge.


Fig. 6. Daiba District 2000

Large scale, high rise buildings were spotted in Daiba by 2000. Close to the bottom is Fuji TV Building, completed in 1997.



“航空写真で見るお台場の歴史,” last modified May 14, 2011,

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