Tokyo After The Armageddon

Ameyoko street marketPhoto:
The top two images are of Ameyoko and the bottom two represent the Ginza 4-chome Intersection both before and after the apocalypse. Images by: Megadem & Hisaharu Motoda

Picture this bustling street market, empty of human life, absent of familiar sounds, smells, lights. Crumbling, overgrown, silent.

If you can wrap your head around that image, then you’ve got an idea of what Japanese artist Hisaharu Motoda conveys in his series of Neo-Ruins lithographs: exceptionally detailed, vivid representations of a futuristic, post-apocalyptic Tokyo, where humans are nowhere to be found and nature fights back in a bid to take over our concrete jungles. Compare Motoda’s rendering of Ameyoko street market in Tokyo’s Ueno district to the photograph above:

Ameyoko by Hisaharu MotodaPhoto:
All lithographs created by Hisaharu Motoda via Pink Tentacle

Motoda states:

“There is a Japanese saying ‘anything is impermanent’. Perhaps, I want to send a message ‘Anything is impermanent’ through my work. And, I feel beauty on such fragile things, and would like to express it in my work.”

The images certainly are beautiful, and invoke a sense of human vulnerability, reminding us of the power and resilience of the natural world.

Ginza 4-Chome crossing by Hisaharu MotodaPhoto:
Ginza 4-Chome crossing

Ginza Chuo Dori by Hisaharu MotodaPhoto:
Ginza Chuo Dori

Shibuya Center Town by Hisaharu MotodaPhoto:
Shibuya Center Town

Kabukicho by Hisaharu MotodaPhoto:

If you liked these images, check out these incredible visions of post-apocalyptic Tokyo by Tokyo Fantasy and London after a massive flood.

Sources: 1, 2, 3