oday’s post is about Postcards from Japan (vintage too). As you already know can offer a captivating glimpse into eras that have long since passed and forgotten. The Digital Collections of the New York Public Library (NYPL) has released a selection of postcards from Japan in the early 20th century. They compromise hand-colored photographs, these landscape snapshots represent the country—specifically the Tokyo and Yokohama regions and Japan’s culture at a time when it was on the cusp of modernity.
Cherry blossom at Mukojima, Tokyo
Iris garden at Horikiri, Tokyo
Nihonbashi dori Tokyo
A view of Minamitenma-cho (Great Tokyo)
High lantern of Sumiyoshi, Osaka
(many of the postcards are dated from 1907 through 1922).
Theatre Street, Yokohama
Toyokuni Shrine Nakanoshima, Osaka
Sacred bridge, Nikko
Bronze torii & Yohmeimon Gate, Nikko
The pagoda of Toshogu, Nikko