Now go outside and look at the sky.
Japan must be one of the countries that has changed the most since World War II... it is almost impossible to imagine what Japan must have looked like only two generations ago while wandering through its modern streets. It now embodies the 21st century more than any other place in the common subconscious of this planet.
It comes as a shock to look back and see how far the Japanese have come. Here are some amazing color and black & white pictures of Japan in the years 1953 and 1954, taken by the members of an US aircrew stationed in the Japanese countryside.
These soldiers spent their free time between missions hiking and biking through neighbouring villages, taking many pictures of what is now Forgotten Japan.