Tokyo is one of the most modern city in the world and the most expensive and you can’t think of Tokyo without the neon glow. Polish illustrator and digital designer Mateusz Urbanowicz has seen the more traditional face of the city and try to capture it with his illustrations.
“When I moved to Tokyo, more than 3 years ago I was really surprised that upon my walks I encountered so many shops still in business in really old buildings. Differently, to Kobe, where the earthquake wiped out a lot of these old downtown houses and shops, in Tokyo, they still survive,” says Matto (Mateusz’s nickname in Japan). “I chose the best reference pictures from the ones I took during my explorations and decided to make an illustration series of old Tokyo storefronts.”
Check out his brilliant illustrations below which are from very different Tokyo we know.