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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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Yokohama 1910s • Isezaki-cho 1-chome

Isezaki-cho, Yokohama
Isezaki-cho, Yokohama, 2008
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Jinrikisha (rickshaws) race down an Isezaki-cho lined with colorful advertising banners. On the right, part of Hamaya Shoten can be seen, one of several shops in Yokohama selling postcards like this one. One store removed from Hamaya is the tabi (Japanese socks) wholesale store of Okadaya. On the left side of the street was the location of the bookstore Yurindo. Founded in 1909 (Meiji 42), the company is now a major book store chain and one of Japan’s larger publishers. It still has its headquarters in Isezaki-cho.

The photographer was standing with his back towards Kanenobashi at the very start of this lively street. For more information about Isezaki-cho, please see Isezaki-cho 2-chome.

Yokohama Map 1920
1920 (Taisho 9) tourist guide map of the area around Isezaki-cho.

Photographer: Unknown
Publisher: Ueda
Medium: Postcard
Image Number 70111-0010

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Posted by • 2008-04-04
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