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

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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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  • Kjeld Duits

    @ Emil : Haha, I never noticed that!

  • Emil

    The other mascot looks like spongebob.

Kobe, 1906 • New Year Celebrations 14

New Year Celebrations

Entertainment for the children was not forgotten during the New Year celebrations of the Meiji Period (1868-1912). While most of the other customs in this series are still observed, this scene seems to have vanished. This image is part of The New Year in Japan, a book published by Kobe-based photographer Kozaburo Tamamura in 1906. Original text:

Here is another attraction for the special entertainment of “Young” Japan; it is ridiculous to the adult eye, but we ourselves were young at one time!1

See all New Year images on Old Photos of Japan.

1 Tamamura, Kozaburo (1906). The New Year in Japan. Tamamura Shashinkan.

Photographer: Kozaburo Tamamura
Publisher: Kozaburo Tamamura
Medium: Collotype Print
Image Number 80115-0038

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Posted by • 2009-01-01
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The other mascot looks like spongebob.

# Emil · 2009-06-25

@ Emil : Haha, I never noticed that!

# Kjeld Duits · 2009-07-01








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