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July 20, 2017

26 Amazing Hand-Colored Postcards Offer a Fascinating Glimpse of Japan from 100 Years Ago

This collection of postcards, which dates back to the early 1900s, provides a beautiful snapshot into a time in Japanese history when trolley cars and modern buildings were slowly beginning to appear on the landscape.

The hand-colored photographs also serve as an important document of the Tokyo and Yokohama regions in the years preceding the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake, which devastated the area and several surrounding prefectures.

Let’s take a look at some of the popular locations and see how much they’ve changed across the years.

Yokohama Bund.

Theatre Street, Yokohama.

Mayeta-bashi (bridge) Yokohama.


No. 9 Yokohama.

(After great earthquake Yokohama) view of city.

Yokohama Station.

Canals of Yokohama.

Bluff from Yoshihama bridge.

Bund of Yokohama.

Motomachi-dori, Yokohama.

Motomachi street Yokohama.

100 stone steps, Yokohama.

Gaisen Road street, Tokyo.

Asakusa Park Tokyo.

Yushukwan in Yasukuni Temple Tokyo.

Nippon Bank at Tokyo.

The Asakusa Park Tokyo.

Nihonbashi dori Tokyo.

Yoshiwara, Tokyo.

Cherry blossom at Mukojima, Tokyo.


Hanayashiki of Asakusa at Tokyo.

A view of Minamitenma-cho (Great Tokyo).

Mitsukoshi Dept-store viewed from Nihonbashi. (Great Tokyo).

Iris garden at Horikiri, Tokyo.

(Images: The New York Public Library, via Sora News 24)


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