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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  • Amara

    As someone who has had the pleasure of visiting Asakusa these pictures really are a …

  • Kjeld Duits

    Yes, that is right. The temple burnt down and was rebuilt after the end of …

  • Tornadoes28

    I visited here in 2004. It still looks very similar. I understand the …

Tokyo 1910s • Asakusa Nakamise

Asakuse Nakamise

The Nakamise souvenir shops at the Buddhist temple Senso-ji in Asakusa, Tokyo. These brick shops were built in 1885 (Meiji 18). They were destroyed during the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, but they were rebuilt in concrete in 1925.

Asakusa Nakamise after the Great Kanto Earthquake
The Asakusa Nakamise after the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923.

For detailed information about the Nakamise, read Tokyo 1934 • Asakusa Nakamise.

Photographer: Unknown
Publisher: Unknown
Medium: Postcard
Image Number: 80131-0022

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Posted by • 2008-10-30
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I visited here in 2004. It still looks very similar. I understand the temple was destroyed in the war. Is that true?

# Tornadoes28 · 2008-10-31

Yes, that is right. The temple burnt down and was rebuilt after the end of WWII. See the full story about the Nakamise here: Tokyo 1934 • Asakusa Nakamise. I think I may have an image of the temple as well. It will probably be uploaded some time next year.

# Kjeld Duits · 2008-10-31

As someone who has had the pleasure of visiting Asakusa these pictures really are a great look back in time. I reached your site through friends on my Twitter, @amazinglyamara . I really look forward to more historical photos in the future!

# Amara · 2009-10-12








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