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Tokyo 1880s
Asakusa Theaters

From the late 19th century on, Tokyo’s Asakusa Park was a park in the modern sense, an amusement park. This is where the masses went to enjoy themselves.

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Yokohama 1890s
Grand Hotel

The Grand Hotel opened on August 16, 1873 (Meiji 6) and was soon considered the height of Western culture and elegance in Japan. It was located on the Bund and overlooked Yokohama Harbor.

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Yokohama 1900s
Samurai Shokai

Famed antique and art dealer Samurai Shokai (サムライ商会) at Honcho 1-20 in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture. It sold silk, porcelain, lacquerware, jade, cloisonné, damascene and more.

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Kobe 1910s
Kobe City Hall

Kobe City Hall was located next to the Local District Court, on the former grounds of Hachinomiya Jinja, a shinto shrine. It was Kobe’s second City Office and completed in 1909 (Meiji 42).

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Osaka, 1905
Yodoyabashi Bridge

People and a streetcar cross Yodabashi Bridge in Osaka. At first sight an ordinary vintage postcard. But the barely visible building in the center back makes this card special.

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Nagasaki 1910s
Taking on Coal

A crowd of harbor workers load high quality Kyushu coal onto a U.S. army transport ship in Nagasaki.