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

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Old Photos of Japan
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.

1920s • Ainu Woman Carrying Wood


A postcard showing an Ainu woman carrying wood. Although most postcards of Ainu look more like souvenir cards from Disneyland, this photo still features some reality. The spread out toes of the woman shows that she is used to walking barefoot. Most probably she doesn’t even own shoes. Her clothes are simple and well-worn, and the houses in the background are representative of Ainu housing at the start of the 20th century. For other cards of Ainu culture, click on Ainu under Themes in the right column.

Photographer: S. Kinoshita
Publisher: Unknown
Medium: Postcard
Image Number 80201-0051

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Posted by • 2009-02-07
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