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

    @Victoria Oyama: You are absolutely right, Victoria. Thanks for noting the typo!

  • Victoria Oyama

    I think that winnowing basket is ‘mi’ in Japanese, not ‘ki’.

  • Kjeld Duits

    @Noel: Excellent observation. I missed that completely, although I have studied Photography in Japan intensively. …

  • Noel

    After going through Terry Bennett’s “Photography in Japan” I would say it’s a Yamamoto Studio …

1870s • Basket Craftsman

Basket Maker

A studio portrait of a young basket maker wearing a head band using bamboo to weave a basket. All around him are his bamboo products, which include draining baskets (笊, zaru), winnowing baskets (箕, mi), and noodle-draining baskets (饂飩打ち上げ篭, udon uchiage kago).

Many thanks to Noel, who noticed that the props in this image are identical to those of the Yamamoto Studio in Yokohama. This made it possible to both attribute and date this image correctly. See more Yamamoto images at MeijiShowa.

Photographer: Yamamoto
Publisher: Yamamoto
Medium: Albumen Print
Image Number: 80129-0041

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Posted by • 2013-10-25
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After going through Terry Bennett’s “Photography in Japan” I would say it’s a Yamamoto Studio work. You can see all the similarities in props, especially when you compare it with the photo of woman in kago featured on page 189.

# Noel · 2014-11-13

@Noel: Excellent observation. I missed that completely, although I have studied Photography in Japan intensively. Will adjust the meta data right away. Thank you!

# Kjeld Duits · 2014-11-13

I think that winnowing basket is ‘mi’ in Japanese, not ‘ki’.

# Victoria Oyama · 2015-07-22

@Victoria Oyama: You are absolutely right, Victoria. Thanks for noting the typo!

# Kjeld Duits · 2016-04-07








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