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Kyoto 1934
Furniture Store

A furniture store in Kyoto in May 1934. Notice the tricycles and prams. Both are articles that you would not expect at a furniture store.

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Tokyo, 1880s
Ginza and Kyobashi

Another view from Ginza 4-chome looking towards Kyobashi. The high elevation affords a clear view over Tokyo.

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Tokyo 1872
Anjincho in Nihonbashi

Rackety wooden houses with shingled roofs in Tokyo’s Anjincho (安針町) in the Nihonbashi district.

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Tokyo 1880s
Sakashita-mon

A horse-drawn carriage has just passed through the Sakashita-mon gate, while three jinrikisha (rickshaws) are waiting for passengers. In the back the Kunaisho (Imperial Household) building can be seen.

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Tokyo 1880s
Ginza Streetcar

A wonderfully relaxed Ginza, full of empty space, with magnificent willow trees, a simple sandy road and a horse-drawn street car. It can hardly be any more different from the Ginza that we know today.

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Tokyo 1880s
Shintomiza Theater

People gathering in front of Tokyo’s legendary Shintomiza Theater (新富座), near Ginza and the Tsukiji Foreign Settlement.