Today, Kabukicho, in Shinjuku, Tokyo, is a modern downtown district with glittering neon lights, but it was very different right after the war. When it rained, the streets turned to mud. And there were still fields rank with weeds in many places.
A black market formed in the area and people came from all over to buy food, clothing and other daily necessities. It was bustling with activity thanks to the reconstruction effort.