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.
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Art And Artifice: Japanese Photographs Of The Meiji Era • Sebastian Dobson, Anne Nishimura Morse, Frederic Sharf
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A brief introduction to Meiji-era photographs and to the world in which they flourished. Three essays and dozens of images explore the social function of these photos, their remarkable artistry, and the personal stories of those who collected and preserved these images.


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Kobe, 1906 • New Year Celebrations 3

New Year Celebrations

Bamboo decorations herald the coming of the New Year. This image is part of The New Year in Japan, a book published by Kobe-based photographer Kozaburo Tamamura in 1906. Original text:

bamboo poles are to be seen, erected on the eaves of various shops, to remind one of the Toshino-ichi1 (the New Year’s Fair), which is now in progress. The shops are also decorated in Christmas style, for the purpose of supplying foreign residents with a;; they may need for the festive Xmas season. The Japanese wives may be seen hurrying here and there to obtain geta (Japanese wooden footgear), and many other items necessary for the family to bloom forth in fresh raiment on New Year’s Day.2

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Notes

1 Toshi-no-ichi (year-end-market)

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

Photographer: Kozaburo Tamamura
Publisher: Kozaburo Tamamura
Medium: Collotype Print
Image Number 80115-0027

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Duits, K. (2009, January 1). Kobe, 1906 • New Year Celebrations 3, Old Photos of Japan. Retrieved on 2021, Mar 08 from https://www.oldphotosjapan.com/photos/680/new-year-celebrations-3

Posted by • 2009-01-01
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