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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  • Kjeld Duits

    Japanese Words, lots of photographers in the 19th century used elaborate studio settings to create …

  • Kjeld Duits

    It is 100% authentic, Japanese Words.

  • Japanese Words

    Great picture. Is this really an old picture? It looks like a modern picture taken …

  • Kjeld Duits

    Thanks a lot for the nice words, Ruben. I love your photos, you have a …

  • ReallyJapan

    This is a really interesting photo blog!

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1890s • Women in Travel Wear

Two Women

A studio photo of two women dressed up for travel. They are holding canes and have towels wrapped around their head. Their kimonos are tied up for easier movement. The photographer has made sure that nobody can doubt the country: his backdrop shows Mount Fuji.

Photographer: Unknown
Publisher: Unknown
Medium: Albumen Print
Image Number 80129-0023

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This is a really interesting photo blog!

#000033 · ReallyJapan · 2008-04-21

Thanks a lot for the nice words, Ruben. I love your photos, you have a very original eye.

#000034 · Kjeld Duits (author) · 2008-04-21

Great picture. Is this really an old picture? It looks like a modern picture taken on an old background.

#000381 · Japanese Words · 2009-04-19

It is 100% authentic, Japanese Words.

#000382 · Kjeld Duits (author) · 2009-04-19

Japanese Words, lots of photographers in the 19th century used elaborate studio settings to create the “authentic” Japanese scenes that foreign tourists were looking for to purchase as souvenirs. They often used geisha and maiko as models.

#000386 · Kjeld Duits (author) · 2009-05-08

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