OLD PHOTOS of JAPAN, a photo blog of Japan in the Meiji, Taisho and Showa periods

Old Photos of Japan
shows photos of Japan between the 1860s and 1930s. In 1854, Japan opened its doors to the outside world for the first time in more than 200 years. It set in motion a truly astounding transformation. As fate would have it, photography had just been invented. As the old country vanished and a new one was born, daring photographers took photos. Discover what life was like with their rare and precious photographs of old Japan.
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Felice Beato: A Photographer on the Eastern Road • Anne Lacoste, Fred Ritchin

Felice Beato (1832–1909) lived and worked in Japan from 1863 through 1884, just as the country opened its doors to the world. He was extremely active in Japan, and portrayed the Japanese with dignity and as equals of Westerners. He was the first photographer in Japan to sell albums of his works. Most likely, it was Beato that introduced the later so diligently followed concept of “views” and “types” to photography of Japan.


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1910s • Woman with Handkerchief

Woman with Handkerchief

A young Japanese woman in kimono and traditional hairstyle is holding a handkerchief to her chin. This postcard was published sometime between 1907 and 1918. During the early 20th century, picture postcards of bijin (beautiful women) were extremely popular in Japan (see Woman with Rose).

Photographer: Unknown
Publisher: Unknown
Medium: Postcard
Image Number 70124-0011

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Duits, K. (2008, April 15). 1910s • Woman with Handkerchief, Old Photos of Japan. Retrieved on 2020, Sep 26 from https://www.oldphotosjapan.com/photos/157/woman-with-handkerchief

Posted by • 2008-04-15
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