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Between the 1850s and 1960s, Japan underwent a dramatic transformation from an isolated feudal society to a modern industrial world power. It is during this period that the modern Japan we know today was born.

Old Photos of Japan shows what everyday life, architecture and urban planning was like in Japan during this period. Using the rare vintage photographs, stereoviews, glass slides, negatives, postcards, and artworks like ukiyoe and art postcards, in our own private collection as a starting point.

Old Photos of Japan launched in 2007 as a photo blog. In 2021, we radically redesigned the site. We have a new vision: to be your personal museum for Japan’s visual heritage.

Please join us as we celebrate our 15th anniversary in 2022.

To learn more about Old Photos of Japan, read about us.