Danchi Dreams: The Forgotten Futuristic Housing Developments of Tokyo

By photographer Cody Ellingham

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We last covered Tokyo-based photographer Cody Ellingham's project, Derive, which captured the overall cyber-punk feel of the metropolis that is Tokyo. In his new project, Danchi Dreams, Cody has searched for the perfect angles and vantage points to explore the Japanese public housing apartments known as 'Danchi.'

The Danchi apartments were originally built by the Japan Housing Corporation in the 60's, 70's and 80's to meet the nation's rapidly growing population demands and to spread a new vision of Japan's civilian lifestyle.

Half a century later Danchi are in decay.

The concrete symbol of Japan’s economic miracle and post-war identity are slowly being forgotten and some are already gone.

As Cody describes, "I photographed DANCHI at night, the time of dreams. I visited over 40 complexes and observed both the signature of decline, and also the promise of that original dream, however slight."

Now enjoy the fruits of his labor:

Cody Ellingham
Danchi Dreams
Danchi Dreams
Danchi Dreams
Cody Ellingham

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