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1890s
Young Family

A charming studio shot of a young family “on the road” in late 19th century Japan.

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1890s
Basket and Broom Peddler

This vendor doesn’t only sell baskets and brooms (箒), but also brushes, sieves (笊), ladles (杓) and more, all piled up high on his cart, called a daihachiguruma (大八車).

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Kobe 1930
The Bund

The Kobe Bund in 1930 (Showa 5), lined with the offices of steamship companies and trading houses.

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Osaka 1870s-1880s
View from Enokojima

A beautiful and extremely rare—I haven’t seen this photo anywhere else yet—panoramic view of Osaka from the Osaka Prefectural Office, looking towards the North East.

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1890s
Farmer with Loaded Horse

Looking at the huge amount of cargo this horse is carrying, you’d expect the poor animal to keel over any moment. But, these small Japanese horses were as strong as European horses.

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Osaka 1910s
Shinsaibashi Bridge

The Shinsaibashi Bridge in Osaka’s Minami district sometime during the 1910s.