Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. This photo shows the rebuilt Bentendori. Interesting is the Ten Sens Store (1 sen was one hundredth of a yen so this was basically a Ten Cents Store) on the right. These days, 100 yen stores are very popular in Japan. Except for the price itself, not much seems to have changed. For a photo of the original Bentendori, see Yokohama 1890s • Bentendori." />

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Yokohama 1930 • Bentendori

Benten-dori in Yokohama, Japan (1930).

Yokohama’s Bentendori was a popular shopping street that lost most of its charm when it was destroyed during the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. This photo shows the rebuilt Bentendori. Interesting is the Ten Sens Store (1 sen was one hundredth of a yen so this was basically a Ten Cents Store) on the right. These days, 100 yen stores are very popular in Japan. Except for the price itself, not much seems to have changed. For a photo of the original Bentendori, see Yokohama 1890s • Bentendori.

This glass slide is one of a series of slides of Japan that was used by the New York State Education Department to teach students about Japan.

Photographer: Unknown
Publisher: New York State Education Department
Medium: Glass Slide
Image Number 80122-0010

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Duits, K. (2008, October 29). Yokohama 1930 • Bentendori, Old Photos of Japan. Retrieved on 2021, May 18 from https://www.oldphotosjapan.com/photos/451/bentendori-1930

Posted by • 2008-10-29
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