Ikuta-mae, the street leading to the shinto shrine Ikuta Jinja. In the background the shrine’s torii gate can be seen. One Western style building made of stone stands out among the otherwise traditional wooden architecture.
When Kobe opened its port for trade in 1868 (Meiji 1), this was a beautiful rural sand-road that lead from the shrine to the sea and was lined on both sides with plum and cherry trees and countless stone lanterns. The Dutch located their first consulate around here on the left side of the road. The consul must have had an incredibly beautiful view in spring when all those trees were in flower.
Since this photo was taken in the early 1900s, the area has undergone a complete transformation. Any person stepping out of this vintage postcard into today’s Sannomiya would be absolutely unable to recognize anything. Even Ikuta Jinja looks different.
For a brief history of Kobe read Kobe 1880s • View from Yamate.
Reference for Citations
Duits, Kjeld (). Kobe 1910s: Sannomiya, OLD PHOTOS of JAPAN. Retrieved on October 1, 2022 (GMT) from https://www.oldphotosjapan.com/photos/415/sannomiya
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