Old Photographs of the Bakumatsu-Meiji PeriodsDecember 29, 2008
Taken by Beato. Entitled “Japanese doctor, Azuma Ian and patient “. A bald doctor wearing a kimono with the family emblem and a sword takes the pulse of a young woman patient. A kettle sits on a brazier in the background, but this may be the residence of the doctor.
“Japanese Old Photographs of the Bakumatsu-Meiji Periods” at the University of Nagasaki Library is the largest collection of old photographs, approximately 6,000, taken all over Japan from the Bakumatsu through to the Meiji period.
The collection offers a unique opportunity to see life in Japan in Bakumatsu-Meiji periods. Unfortunately, many photos are colored, but some are kept in their black and white form.
Here are some images that I liked. By no means this is the best what the collection has to offer – only some photographs that I stumbled upon while exploring the website
- Woman dressed up for snow
- Japanese merchants and a child
- Okuma Shigenobu in traditional attire
- A memorial photo of marriage
- Two women
- A soldier in armour
- The family of Ito Hirobumi
- The Accession of Emperor Taisho 1910
- The Accession of Empress Taisho
See more photos at their website