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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Felice Beato: A Photographer on the Eastern Road • Anne Lacoste, Fred Ritchin

Felice Beato (1832–1909) lived and worked in Japan from 1863 through 1884, just as the country opened its doors to the world. He was extremely active in Japan, and portrayed the Japanese with dignity and as equals of Westerners. He was the first photographer in Japan to sell albums of his works. Most likely, it was Beato that introduced the later so diligently followed concept of “views” and “types” to photography of Japan.


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Geisha: Women of Japan's Flower & Willow World

by Tina Skinner, Mary L. Martin — Schiffer Publishing
Geisha: Women of Japan's Flower & Willow World

Over 500 beautiful photographs and postcards, mostly of between 1900 and 1940, take you back to Japan’s now-extinct licensed pleasure districts.

In Geisha: Women of Japan’s Flower & Willow World, Skinner and Martin have seamlessly combined a text that is a joy to read with an outrageous large number of photographs, showing geisha as well as the different kinds of high-class prostitutes.

The historical descriptions and anecdotes bring much needed context to these photos. Explanations are, for example, given for the kimono, poses and accouterments pictured in this book and several misconceptions are addressed.

The design and lay-out are very rich and makes the photos look even more beautiful. Geisha: Women of Japan’s Flower & Willow World was clearly a work of love for Skinner and Martin. You will keep opening up this book again and again. A beauty!

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