We previously presented photos once used to promote tourism to Japan over 100 years ago. Now we’d like to show even more glimpses of life in Japan during that time. These photos show people at work, rest, play, and war. Some are black and white, others are meticulously handpainted in full color. There’s a lot of variety in these images but they all construct a bigger picture of what it was like to be here back in the 19th century.

1 – Two Cedars Used as a Gate
The location of this photo is unknown.

Image: Japanese.China

2 – Rikishi
Sumo still looks about the same today.

Image: Japanese.China

3 – Shrine

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4 – Writing

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5 – Street Market

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6 – Young Boy

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7 – Women & Children

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8 – Bushi
Some samurai sparring.

Image: Japanese.China

9 – Sumo

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10 – Person of High Rank
This photo was taken by a visiting American.

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11 – Old Man treating Young Woman

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12 – Geisha

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13 – Man with Flowers

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14 – Geisha Doing Hair
With a fake Mt. Fuji in the background.

Image: flickr – Okinawa Soba

15 – End of Edo Period
Taken by Felice Beato.

Image: Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport

16 – Early Meiji Meal
Even back then, people looked uncomfortable having their photo taken while eating.

Image: Konya Mo Ippai!

17 – Fundoshi & Tattoos

Images: SIRIS

18 – At Home

Image: NKG Fan

19 – Edo Panorama
Felix Beato 1864

Image: Tamanegiya

20 – Haramachida, Tokyo

Image: Atsugi City

21 – Japan 1886

Image: Flickr – Yves Tennevin

22 – Miyagase

Image: Atsugi City

23 – Edo Street

Image: Jugem

24 – Woman Applying Make-Up

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25 – Young Woman

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26 – Ninja
…Oh, sorry it’s just a regular girl

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27 – Entertainers

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28 – City Street

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29 – Back Tattoo

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30 – Family Dinner

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31 – Courier
Felice Beato

Image: Jenny Haniver

32 – Middle-Class Girls
Felice Beato 1865

Image: The Telegraph

33 – Lantern Making
Felice Beato

Image: Garibaldini Bizantini e Decadenti

34 – Four Samurai – 1864

Image: Laputan Logic

35 – Beheading (Felice Beato)
Although judging from the backdrop, it’s staged.

Image: Mentions Obligatoires

36 – Samurai in Western Hat (1860 – 1900)

Image: SIRIS

37 – Merchants (1860)

Image: SIRIS

38 – Temple

Image: LiveInternet.ru

39 – Yasaka Shrine Pagoda

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40 – Straw Raincoats

Image: LiveInternet.ru

41 – Beginning of Mt. Fuji Trail

Image: Atsugi City

42 – Edo in Autumn

Image: Atsugi City

43 – Jinriki (1886)
By Adolfo Farsari

Image: Wikipedia

44 – Geisha Girl
By Baron Raimund von Stillfried and Rathenitz

Image: Meiji Taisho Showcase

45 – Japanese Woman Carried in Kago
By Baron Raimund von Stillfried and Rathenitz

Image: Wikimedia Commons

46 – Dai Butsu
By Adolfo Farsari

Image: Wikipedia

47 – Parasol Holding Woman
Baron Raimund von Stillfried 1880

Image: Nautikkon

48 – Cherry Blossoms

Image: American Museum of Photography

50 – Men

Image: flickr – Yves Tennevin

51 – Women

Image: Flickr – Yves Tennevin

52 – Shijo-dori, Kyoto (1886)
Adolfo Farsari

Image: Wikipedia

53 – Streetlight
Adolfo Farsari

Image: Flickr – Yves Tennevin

54 – Bridge and Boat

Image: Flickr – Yves Tennevin

55 – Geisha in Winter
Baron Raimund von Stillfried

Image: Wikimedia Commons

56 – Four Standing Warriors

Image: Blog Agog

57 – Woman at Toilette
Baron Raimund von Stillfried

Image: SIRIS

58 – Woman Playing with Baby

Image: SIRIS

59 – Tea House Girls

Image: SIRIS

60 – Portrait of a Woman

Image: LiveInternet.ru

61 – Two Sumo

Image: LiveInternet.ru

62 – Tagonowrabashi
“Tagonoura Bridge”

Image: Flicker – Yves Tennevin

63 – Kinkaku in Mirror Lake 1886

Image: Flickr – Yvers Tennevin

64 – Hakone

Image: Atsugi City

65 – Geisha Contortionist

Image: Meiji Taisho Showcase

66 – Woman Cutting Daikon 1860

Image: SIRIS

67 – Osuwa Temple, Nagasaki 1880

Image: Japanische Fotografie

68 – Cooking

Image: Flickr – Yves Tennevin

69 – Port 1886

Image: Flickr – Yves Tennevin

70 – River

Image: Flickr – Yves Tennevin

71 – Shamisen Player
Adolfo Farsari showing how people rocked out in the 19th century

Image: Wikimedia Commons

72 – Nagasaki Harbor
Felice Beato

Image: Renaissance Japan

73 – Girl and a paper door

Image: Flickr – Okinawa Soba

74 – Taking a Meiji Rest

Image: Japanese.China

75 – Out for a Walk

Image: Jenny Haniver

76 – Three Women and a Parasol

Image: SIRIS

77 – Konkonchiki

Image: SIRIS

78 – Pilgrim Going up Fujiyama
Yeah, people were easier to fool back then

Image: SIRIS

79 – Five Men in Armor
I don’t know why, but the archer on the right looks exceptionally badass

Image: SIRIS

80 – Wedding? 1886

Image: Flickr – Yves Tennevin

81 – Two Women

Image: Flickr – Yves Tennevin

82 – Samurai & Retainers Seated

Image: SIRIS

83 – Man in a Bath

Image: SIRIS

84 – Three Men with Bows and Arrows

Image: SIRIS

85 – High Ranking Man with Fan 1865

Image: SIRIS

86 – Mogi Road from Nagasaki

Image: Japanische Fotografie

87 – Otonetoge
“Otonoge” is a mountain pass where you can view Mt. Fuji.

Image: American Museum of Photography

88 – Three Women in Kimono
Baron Raimund von Stillfried

Image: The Age

89 – Street Children

Image: Un Voyage au Japon

90 – Yushoin Masoleum
Adolfo Farsari

Image: Wikipedia

91 – Tennoji, Osaka 1885
Adolfo Farsari

Image: Wikipedia

92 – House Interior
Adolfo Farsari

Image: Wikipedia

93 – Japanese Gentleman in Western Garb
Baron Raimund von Stillfried

Image: Wikipedia

94 – Plants for Sale 1886
Adolfo Farsari

Image: Tokyo Green Space

95 – A Nobleman and his Retinue

Image: American Museum of Photgraphy

96 – Wrestlers 1886
Adolfo Farsari

Image: Wikipedia

97 – Ueno Mountain 1879
Baron Raimund von Stillfried

Image: JCII

98 – Prostitutes of Nectarine #9, Yokohama

Image: Flickr – Okinawa Soba

99 – People on a Boat

Image: Flickr – Yves Tennevin

100 – Harajuku Garden

Image: Atsugi City

101 – Parasol Maker

Image: Flickr – Yves Tennevin

When possible, the photos were attributed to their original photgrapher. You’ve probably noticed that the bulk of them were taken by Adolfo Farsari, Baron Raimund von Stillfried, and Felice Beato. If you would like to enjoy more glimpses of a far away Japan, please look more into the works of these three people. Thanks for viewing!

Source: Naver Matome