OLD PHOTOS of JAPAN, a photo blog of Japan in the Meiji, Taisho and Showa periods

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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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1880s • Ainu Man

Ainu

A beautiful hand-tinted portrait dating back to the late 19th century of an Ainu man in traditional clothing. He is wearing a sword in a shoulder belt and a ceremonial crown (サパウンペ, Sapaunpe) used during the iomante ritual and other religious rituals.

Clothing for religious rituals differed from that for everyday use. Clothes for daily use was usually woven from the inner bark of trees, or made from the pelts of bear, deer, fox, seal, dog and other animals, as well as from salmon or trout skin. Clothes were also made of bird skin or plants.

The clothing worn during religious rituals, however, was made of cottor or silk bought in trade with Japanese. The Ainu used very intricate patterns on their clothing, which were believed to expel evil spirits.

Photographer: Unknown
Publisher: Unknown
Medium: Albumen Print
Image Number 80626-0012

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Duits, K. (2009, February 12). 1880s • Ainu Man, Old Photos of Japan. Retrieved on 2021, Feb 27 from https://www.oldphotosjapan.com/photos/645/ainu-man

Posted by • 2009-02-12
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