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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Tokyo 1934 • Traffic in Nihonbashi

Cars and Street Cars on Ginza, Tokyo (May 1934).

Cars and street cars on Chuodori in Nihonbashi in May 1934. The photographer took this photo from the intersection of Chuodori and Eitai-dori (永代道り). The building in the back is Takashimaya Department Store, which was founded in Kyoto in 1829 as a shop selling cotton cloth and used clothing. The same building is still used today. Chuodori is a wide shopping street that runs from Ginza to Nihonbashi. For information about Nihonbashi, read Tokyo 1890s • Koamicho, Nihonbashi. For more photos and information on Ginza, see Tokyo 1890s • Shinbashi Bridge, Ginza, Tokyo 1910s • Ginza and Tokyo 1910s • Hattori Building, Ginza.

This glass slide is one of a series of slides of Japan that was used by the New York State Education Department to teach students about Japan.

Photographer: Unknown
Publisher: New York State Education Department
Medium: Glass Slide
Image Number 80122-0006

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Posted by • 2008-10-27
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