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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.
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  • Kjeld Duits

    @Herman Loots: Ja, er hangt ook een Nederlandse vlag. Daar waren Japanners al meer dan …

  • Herman Loots

    I also see a dutch flag, is that correct?

  • Kjeld Duits

    I am pretty sure it is the Korean flag. It was designed by in 1882 …

  • rhys

    I can see the flags of foreign countries in this photo- UK, France, USA, Switzerland …

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Kobe, 1906 • New Year Celebrations 15

New Year Celebrations

Shopping at a temple market on the first day of the year. This image is part of The New Year in Japan, a book published by Kobe-based photographer Kozaburo Tamamura in 1906. Original text:

The temple grounds are thronged with visitors, bent upon paying their devotions to the Gods and the Souls of long departed heroes. We are hero worshippers, and Admiral Togo will, in the fulness of time, be worshipped in like manner; his sou; supposed to be resting within the sacred precincts of the Temple specially dedicated to his memory. Here you will observe all sorts and condition of natives purchasing “lucky” mementoes of the New Year.1

See all New Year images on Old Photos of Japan.

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1 Tamamura, Kozaburo (1906). The New Year in Japan. Tamamura Shashinkan.

Photographer: Kozaburo Tamamura
Publisher: Kozaburo Tamamura
Medium: Collotype Print
Image Number 80115-0039

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Duits, K. (2009, January 1). Kobe, 1906 • New Year Celebrations 15, Old Photos of Japan. Retrieved on 2021, Jun 23 from https://www.oldphotosjapan.com/photos/668/new-year-celebrations-15

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I can see the flags of foreign countries in this photo- UK, France, USA, Switzerland etc
But one flag looks like the South Korean flag, or is it something else?

#000537 · rhys · 2013-08-15

I am pretty sure it is the Korean flag. It was designed by in 1882 and adopted as the national flag of the Joseon Dynasty on March 6, 1883, so it existed in 1906.

#000538 · Kjeld Duits · 2013-08-15

I also see a dutch flag, is that correct?

#000543 · Herman Loots · 2013-09-01

@Herman Loots: Ja, er hangt ook een Nederlandse vlag. Daar waren Japanners al meer dan twee eeuwen mee bekend.

#000544 · Kjeld Duits · 2013-09-01








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