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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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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Tokyo 1890s • Streetcar in Ueno

Ueno Park Hill, Tokyo

This photograph displays Tokyo’s most popular transportation modes during the Meiji Period (1868-1912), horse drawn streetcars and jinrikisha (rickshaws). A small family is stepping out of the streetcar, most probably on their way to visit the new Ueno Park, a favorite attraction during this period.

The area first became popular for recreation when the First National Industrial Exposition was held here in 1877 (Meiji 10). During the 102 days that the exposition was held no less than 450,000 people visited buildings housing 16,000 exhibitors themed around machinery, horticulture, and farming.

Because of Shinobazu Pond (不忍池) with its lotus flowers, and the park’s many cherry trees, as well as other flowers, it attracted families and revelers year round even after this exposition. It was especially popular for hanami, the viewing of cherry blossom in Spring.

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Photographer: Kazumasa Ogawa
Publisher: Kazumasa Ogawa
Medium: Collotype Print
Image Number 71204-0006

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Duits, K. (2009, July 7). Tokyo 1890s • Streetcar in Ueno, Old Photos of Japan. Retrieved on 2021, Sep 28 from https://www.oldphotosjapan.com/photos/765/streetcar-in-ueno

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Thank you so much for making this website with beautiful pictures and interesting information. Good design, good the colors, awesome concept, excellent photos.

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