The vibrant, high-tech urban hub that is Tokyo, Japan is expected to deliver a sensory feast when the 2020 Olympics begin a year from now. Explore the visual impact of the city through a selection of historical and contemporary images from the AAP archive, including gems from AP, PA, Mary Evans Picture Library and other global partner agencies.
Night fete: Women arrive in boats to join revellers in the city, circa 1800. Image by Mary Evans Picture Library/AAP.
Bright banners: A city scene shows women with parasols walking along streets lined with colourful advertising banners, circa 1910. Image by Mary Evans Picture Library/AAP.
In Tokyo, good taste is in fashion: A Coca-Cola advertisement shows a party in Tokyo in the 1950s. Image by The Advertising Archives/AAP.
Sky high: Balloons fly over Olympians and spectators during the opening ceremony of the 1964 Summer Olympics at the National Stadium in Tokyo. Image by AP/AAP.
Wearing kimono: A girl in kimono attends a festival to celebrate children's growth and pray for their wellbeing at Meiji Jingu in November 2012. Image by Itsuo Inouye for AP/AAP.
Thank you: Citizens celebrate at the Tokyo Municipal Government office square in September 2013 after the International Olympic Committee chose the city to host the 2020 Olympics. Image by Kyodo News, AP/AAP.
Cry baby: A baby held by an amateur sumo wrestler breaks into tears during the Nakizumo, or crying baby contest, at Sensoji Temple in May 2015. The Nakizumo is a traditional event in which the young contestants are put together to determine how long and loud they can cry as a celebration of their growth and as a prayer for good health. Image by Kiyoshi Ota/AAP.
Olympics parade: People wave at Japanese medallists returning from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and Paralympics in the Ginza district in October 2016. Image by Shizuo Kambayashi for AP/AAP.
Cherry blossoms: A toddler enjoys the pink flowers in March 2017. Image by Shizuo Kambayashi for AP/AAP.
Street style: A dramatic beauty look is captured on the streets of Tokyo in June 2017. Image by Robin Utrecht for Abaca Press, PA/AAP.
Winter ritual: Japanese bathers pray for a healthy new year while dipping in a cold water tub with blocks of ice at a Teppozu Inari Shinto Shrine in January 2018. Image by Shizuo Kambayashi for AP/AAP.
Olympic rings: A camera with a fisheye lens captures college students near the new National Stadium, the main venue for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, in May 2019. Image by Kyodo, AP/AAP.
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