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1890s
Two Women Sleeping

A studio photo of two women sleeping in wadded futon bedding with their heads on wooden head supports.

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Tokyo 1890s
Koamicho, Nihonbashi

Boats are docked in front of a long row of warehouses in Koamicho in Tokyo’s mercantile quarter of Nihonbashi. The area was the heart of Tokyo’s shitamachi, the low city,

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1890s
Women Washing

Another studio image portraying housework, in this case the washing of kimono. Some of the women have their sleeves pulled up with cords.

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1890s
Woman Cooking

A lovely studio photo of daily kitchen work in late 19th century Japan.

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Osaka 1930s
Central Wholesale Market

A panoramic view of the Osaka Central Wholesale Market in Osaka, which played a major role in establishing a stable food market in Osaka and surroundings.

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Yokohama 1910s
Yokohama Pier

People in Japanese and Western style dress walk on the pier in Yokohama Harbor. A steamship can be seen in the back, spewing black smoke from its smokestack.