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Kyoto 1890s
Tea Field and Toji Pagoda

Many people who have visited Toji temple’s‘s wonderful temple markets will be astounded by this rural image of tea fields with the five-story pagoda of Toji in the background. The tea fields have long since dissapeared and the temple is now surrounded by busy roads and modern buildings.

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Osaka 1880s
Matsushima Brothels

Employees stand between jinrikisha (rickshaws) parked in front of impressive brothels in Osaka’s Matsushima red light light district.

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1912
Baby Girl in Kimono

Photo of a 1 year old baby girl in ceremonial kimono. During the early 20th century it was a very popular custom in Japan to take photographs of babies around their first birthday.

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1890s
Ceramics and Pottery Shop

Three children sit in front of a shop cramped with ceramics and pottery.

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Kyoto 1920s
Shimabara Tayuu

A tayuu (high class prostitute) from Shimabara in Kyoto. The area was the licensed prostitution district of Kyoto. Tayuu wore gorgeous costumes that grew ever more ostentatious during the Edo period (1603-1868).

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Tokyo 1920s
Hanayashiki, Asakusa Park

Asakusa Park was to Meiji Tokyo what Shibuya is today, a place for the middle and lower class masses to go and amuse themselves at low cost. Amusement park Hanayashiki was the top crowd puller here.