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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.

Kobe 1910s • American Hatoba

America Hatoba, Kobe
Entrance to Meriken Park, Kobe
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A view on American Hatoba as seen from Kaigandori. The sign on the building on the right says “baggage keeper.”

The road surface shows multiple tire grooves of jinrikisha (rickshaws), a silent witness of how busy the pier was.

For more information about American Hatoba and Kobe Harbor, see Kobe 1910s • Steam Launches.

Map of Kobe Port 1914
1914 (Taisho 3) Map of Kobe: 1. Sannomiya Station (currently Motomachi Station); 2. Motomachidori; 3. Sakaemachidori; 4. Higashi Yuenchi Park; 5. Oriental Hotel; 6. Kaigandori; 7. Customs House; 8. American Hatoba.

Photographer: Unknown
Publisher: Unknown
Medium: Postcard
Image Number 70314-0024

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Posted by • 2008-07-24
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