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Japan from the inside out

All you have to do is look (66)

Posted by ampontan on Tuesday, October 2, 2012

A photograph found on Reddit and sent in by reader Tony. The person who uploaded it is a collector of old photos and provided no information on the date or location.

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4 Responses to “All you have to do is look (66)”

  1. Tony said

    I really like this photo, there is a subtle power to it.

  2. MDinMA said

    Could be a pic by Felice Beato (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felice_Beato). He was one of the earliest photographers in Japan and was there during the Edo Period. MIT’s great “Visualizing Cultures” website also has an annotated gallery of some of his work (http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/21f/21f.027/beato_people/index.html).
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    M: Thanks for this. I’m going to put in on the right sidebar.

    -A.

  3. Partially tracked down this outstanding photo. Could only find a blurb at The Smithsonian, showing a title for the collection but little else. The photo apparently belongs to the “Henry and Nancy Rosin Collection of Early Photography of Japan, 1860 – ca. 1900”. http://siris-archives.si.edu/ipac20/ipac.jsp?uri=full=3100001~!239439!0.

    A larger file size is at http://sirismm.si.edu/sackler/photo/ar043.jpg.

    My computer desktop now has a new look. Thanks!

    P.S.

    A., though I hardly ever leave a comment, be sure to know that your work here is tremendously appreciated. Even suffer withdrawal-like symptoms when the between-posts time-gap gets long! You really should charge a few yen each month for all this. Cheers.
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    N: Thanks for your detective work and your encouragement. Kampai!

    -A.

  4. Those antiques warrior clothes suited the Japanese much more than the dumpy Western-style fatigues do today.

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