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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  • Courtney Halcomb

    I have an excellent print of the Ikuta Temple for sale.

  • Kjeld Duits

    @Tim Morrill: Me, too. I haven’t been able to find a good photo of it …

  • Tim Morrill

    I would have liked to have seen it when it was still a country road …

  • Kjeld Duits

    This place is impossible to recognize today. There is a huge Tokyu Hands store and …

Kobe 1890s • Ikuta Jinja Matsuri

Matsuri Crowd on the Road to Ikuta Jinja (shrine) Kobe

A crowded festival day on the approach to the shinto shrine Ikuta Jinja in Kobe’s Sannomiya. This was a beautiful rural sand-road lined on both sides with plum and cherry trees and countless stone lanterns when Kobe opened its port for trade in 1868 (Meiji 1). In the 1870s, the trees and lanterns were removed and the country road became a bustling shopping street. See Kobe 1910s • Sannomiya for a photo of the same street closer to the sea, taken in the 1910s.

1891 Map of Kobe1891 (Meiji 24) Map of Kobe: 1. Kobe-Osaka rail connection; 2. Foreign Settlement; 3. Ikuta Jinja.

Photographer: Unknown
Publisher: Unknown
Medium: Albumen Print
Image Number 80115-0022

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This place is impossible to recognize today. There is a huge Tokyu Hands store and it doesn’t feel as open any more with all the big buildings.

# Kjeld Duits · 2008-11-24

I would have liked to have seen it when it was still a country road with a lot of trees and lanterns. It’s a facinating picture with all the people in traditional clothing. Also interesting is the uniformity of the wooden shops and houses with their tiled roofs.

# Tim Morrill · 2013-07-14

@Tim Morrill: Me, too. I haven’t been able to find a good photo of it yet…

# Kjeld Duits · 2013-07-14

I have an excellent print of the Ikuta Temple for sale.

# Courtney Halcomb · 2016-03-18








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