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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.

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1890s
Women Having Tea

These five women posing in the photographer’s studio as if having tea at home look a bit forlorn. Maybe the photographer took a bit too much time?

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Tokyo 1930s
Imperial Hotel

Today, few people in Tokyo will recognize this impressive building with its reflecting pool. But between 1923 and 1968 it was Tokyo’s top luxury establishment, built by legendary American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

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1870s
Basket Craftsman

A studio portrait of a young basket maker wearing a head band using bamboo to weave a basket. All around him are his bamboo products.

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1890s
Broom Vendor

A street vendor carrying brooms (箒, houki) balanced on a carrying pole.

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Tokyo 1890s
Nihonbashi Fishmarket

Boats are docked at the fish market in Tokyo’s Nihonbashi district. Until 1923, Nihonbashi housed a colorful and busy fish market, right next to the famous Nihonbashi Bridge.