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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  • 鈴木清夫 (浅草仲見世)


  • Kjeld Duits (Ginza and Kyobashi)

    Tokyo Electric Lighting began supplying electricity to the public in 1887. Tokyo’s horse-drawn streetcars ran …

  • Abz (Ginza and Kyobashi)

    Doesn’t this date seem early for there to be powerlines? New York had its first …

  • Harty van Engelen (Woman in Kago)

    A similar kago is now displayed at the Boso-no-Mura open air museum near Narita, which …

  • Kjeld Duits (Kakubeijishi)

    @Thomas Crane: Thank you!

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