Taken in 1914. This photo is from an album Elstner Hilton compiled in Japan between 1914 and 1918. Elstner was my spouse’s uncle. “ Text and images via Alan on Flickr. The Kimono Gallery

Taken in 1914. This photo is from an album Elstner Hilton compiled in Japan between 1914 and 1918. Elstner was my spouse’s uncle. “ Text and images via Alan on Flickr. The Kimono Gallery

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A group photo, Hirobumi Ito, Hiroshi Nakai, Okuma Shigenobu, Kuze Yoshihiro Inoue Kaoru.

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Acrobats [detail]. About 1880’s, Japan, by photographer Kusakabe, Kimbei.    Smithsonian Institution, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

Acrobats [detail]. About 1880’s, Japan, by photographer Kusakabe, Kimbei. Smithsonian Institution, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

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Cargo Carrier. Hand-colored photo, 1870’s, Japan, by photographer Felice Beato


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The oiran (attended by two maids) arose in the Edo period (1600–1868).   Oiran rank was established after the tayū (highest level) and koshi (second level) ranks' glory dwindled. They were categorized based on their beauty, character, education, and artistic ability.

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Children drawing on the Taito road, Tokyo, 1961 by Takeyoshi Tanuma

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1890's. Woman Delivering Charcoal. A very cheerful woman, with one of her breasts exposed, is carrying three huge packs of charcoal on what appears to be a country road. During the summer, women in the countryside often had much of their body exposed when they worked. Many men wore only a loincloth. Even in the city. This was especially the case for laborers and poor farmers.

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