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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Emperor of Japan: Meiji and His World, 1852-1912 • Donald Keene

When Emperor Meiji began his rule, in 1867, Japan was a splintered empire, dominated by the shogun and the daimyos, who ruled over the country’s more than 250 decentralized domains and who were, in the main, cut off from the outside world, staunchly antiforeign, and committed to the traditions of the past. Before long, the shogun surrendered to the emperor, a new constitution was adopted, and Japan emerged as a modern, industrialized state.


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1920s • Woman with Hand to Chin

Portrait of Japanese Woman in Kimono

A young Japanese woman in kimono and traditional hairstyle is holding her hand to her chin, a gesture often seen on photos, illustrations and ukiyo-e (woodblock prints) from the Meiji and Taisho periods.

This postcard was published sometime after 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 70206-0049

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Duits, K. (2008, March 12). 1920s • Woman with Hand to Chin, Old Photos of Japan. Retrieved on 2020, Jul 14 from https://www.oldphotosjapan.com/photos/88/woman-with-hand-to-chin

Posted by • 2008-03-12
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