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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Kyoto 1934 • City Hall

Municipal Building, Kyoto, Japan (May 1934).
Kyoto City Hall
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The municipal building of the city of Kyoto was designed by Goichi Takeda (1872-1938, 武田五一), in collaboration with Shinichi Nakano (中野進一). Constructed in two stages, the first stage was finished in 1927 and the second one in 1931. This photo, taken in May 1934, therefore shows the building when it was still quite new. Goichi Takeda, who founded the department of architecture at Kyoto University, played an important role in the establishment of modern Japanese architecture in the Kansai area.

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.

1 Department of architecture at Kyoto University.

Photographer: Unknown
Publisher: New York State Education Department
Medium: Glass Slide
Image Number: 80122-0012

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Posted by • 2008-11-12
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