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

    @Courtney Halcomb: Thank you. I will e-mail you later today.

  • Courtney Halcomb

    I have a beautiful color print of the Grand Hotel. I also have an additional 70 …

  • metropolismagazine

    This pictures seems to be more older then other.from where you got this images.I will …

  • Kjeld Duits

    Hi Gary, it might be a good idea to put a scan of your menu …

  • Gary Lyman

    I have a Bill of Fare for the Grand Hotel L’d in Yokohama (Louis …

Yokohama 1890s • Grand Hotel

70330-0034 - Grand Hotel, Yokohama

The Grand Hotel opened on August 16, 1873 (Meiji 6) and was soon considered the height of Western culture and elegance in Japan. It was located on the Bund and overlooked Yokohama Harbor.

It is not known who originally designed the Grand Hotel, but it has occasionally been attributed to American architect R. P. Bridgens, who designed Yokohama and Shinbashi stations, Japan’s first railway stations.

As Yokohama became Japan’s main port of entry, the Grand Hotel turned into “the place to stay” for those who could afford it.

English author Rudyard Kipling stayed here and was amazed by the printed menus (menus were usually handwritten at the time), and customers ordering food by citing the menu numbers of the dishes.

80115-0006 - Grand Hotel Menu
80115-0007 - Grand Hotel Menu
The printed menu of the Grand Hotel

Sadly, the hotel was totally destroyed by the devastating Great Kanto Earthquake of September 1, 1923 (Taisho 12).

In 1927 (Showa 2) the New Grand Hotel was built on a nearby location.

The Yokohama Doll Museum (in Yamashita-koen-dori) now stands where once the Grand Hotel welcomed its guests.

Because the hotel was used by so many foreign visitors to Japan, a lot of photographs and postcards exist of the Grand Hotel. Most images show the hotel’s facade facing the Bund, but occasionally a card surfaces that shows the “back” entrance with the circular lane.

Besides its excellent service, one of the main attractions of the Grand Hotel was its magnificent location on Yokohama Harbor.

70802-0014 - The Grand Hotel in Yokohama
The Grand Hotel as seen from the French Hatoba (pier)

1920 Map of Yokohama
1920 (Taisho 9) Map of Yokohama: 1. French Consulate; 2. Grand Hotel; 3. Kaigandori (The Bund).

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Medium: Albumen Print
Image Number 70330-0034

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I have a Bill of Fare for the Grand Hotel L’d in Yokohama (Louis Eppinger, Manager) dated Thursday, 9th August, 1900. In very good condition w/envelope. Matches the above picture.

I would like to sell this, are you interested ? If yes, make offer.

Gary Lyman (gsl3699@sbcglobal.net)

# Gary Lyman · 2011-01-26

Hi Gary, it might be a good idea to put a scan of your menu on the web (on flickr for example) and provide a link to that page here, so people get a better idea what you’re offering.

# Kjeld Duits · 2011-01-26

This pictures seems to be more older then other.from where you got this images.I will share this images on my pinterest account.Thanks for sharing

# metropolismagazine · 2016-02-16

I have a beautiful color print of the Grand Hotel.
I also have an additional 70 prints of old Japan that I would like to sell.

Please e-mail me if you have any interest.

# Courtney Halcomb · 2016-03-18

@Courtney Halcomb: Thank you. I will e-mail you later today.

# Kjeld Duits · 2016-03-18








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