OLD PHOTOS of JAPAN, a photo blog of Japan in the Meiji, Taisho and Showa periods

Old Photos of Japan
shows photos of Japan between the 1860s and 1930s. In 1854, Japan opened its doors to the outside world for the first time in more than 200 years. It set in motion a truly astounding transformation. As fate would have it, photography had just been invented. As the old country vanished and a new one was born, daring photographers took photos. Discover what life was like with their rare and precious photographs of old Japan.

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1910s • Woman with Rose

Portrait of a Japanese Woman with Flower

A young woman in kimono and traditional Japanese hairstyle looks at a white rose she holds. This postcard was published sometime between 1907 and 1918. During the early 20th century, picture postcards of bijin (beautiful women) were extremely popular in Japan.

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1890s • Fish Shop

Japanese Fishmongers

Two young men are relaxing in a fish shop. Fish has always been an important part of the Japanese diet and was sold both at shops and by fish peddlers (furiuri) who walked around carrying fish in tubs that hung from a carrying pole on their shoulder.

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Tokyo ca 1885 • Shinbashi Bridge, Ginza

Ginza, Tokyo

A view on the Shinbashi (also Shimbashi) bridge and Ginza avenue in Tokyo by Kozaburo Tamamura (1856-19??), sometime between 1882 and 1899. The wooden bridge over the Shiodomegawa (Shiodome River) was replaced with an iron bridge in April 1899.

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Kyoto 1890s • San-mon Gate at Chionin

Sanmon Gate at Chionin, Kyoto

View on the San-mon main gate and a stone bridge at Chionin buddhist temple in the Higashiyama district in Kyoto, Japan.

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