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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.
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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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Kyoto 1890s • San-mon Gate at Chionin

Sanmon Gate at Chionin, Kyoto

View on the San-mon main gate and a stone bridge at Chionin buddhist temple in the Higashiyama district in Kyoto.

Chionin is one of the largest temple complexes in Japan and an important religious headquarters. It is the head temple of the Jodo Sect which was initiated by Honen Jonin of Yoshimizu Zenbo (temple of the Zen sect).

The gate of Chionin was built by Tokugawa Hidetada. Construction was started in 1619 and completed two years later.

The San-mon gate still stands and has been designated a Japanese National Treasure. At 24 meters (79 feet) tall, it is Japan’s largest temple gate.

Photographer: Unknown
Publisher: Unknown
Medium: Albumen Print
Image Number 70621-0011

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Duits, K. (2008, January 2). Kyoto 1890s • San-mon Gate at Chionin, Old Photos of Japan. Retrieved on 2020, Aug 11 from https://www.oldphotosjapan.com/photos/50/san-mon-gate-at-chionin

Posted by • 2008-01-02
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