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1920s
Saving Battleship Mikasa

This photo doesn’t really appear special or important. Just a Japanese man wearing glasses posing next to a photo of a ship. But when I dug a little deeper, I discovered something extraordinary.

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Tokyo 1870s
Windmill at Ueno-Hirokoji

When I purchased this albumen print, I only knew that this was somewhere in Tokyo. I didn’t know if the photo was significant. Research revealed some surprises.

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1890s
The Fine Art of the Japanese Bow

Two Japanese women greeting each other while seated on zabuton (座布団) cushions. Can you take a bow the Japanese way? Read on to learn how.

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Tokyo 1880s
Shinagawa Station

This photo makes you look at the title in utter disbelief. But Shinagawa Station did actually look this rural, with the waves of Tokyo Bay reaching to the very edge of the station.

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1890s
Japanese Women Cooking

This dramatized studio photograph shows how Japanese meals were prepared in late 19th century Japan. The five women are surrounded by a variety of traditional Japanese kitchen tools.

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Osaka 1910s
Prefectural Office

A boat passes in front of the Osaka Prefectural Office on Enokojima Island. Through 1926, this small island was the center of Osaka’s prefectural government.