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Rickshaw, near Kyoto, circa 1898.
Rickshaw, near Kyoto, circa 1898.
Image: Rob Oeschle/T Enami via

Stunning images of Japan 100 years ago

A window into the Land of the Rising Sun at the turn of the 20th century.
Feb 22nd 2013, 7:45 AM 19,629 24

TRAVEL BACK TO Japan at the turn of the century with these beautiful, hand-coloured photographs taken by well-known Japanese photographer T. Enami.

Enami, whose real name was Nobukuni Enami, opened his photography studio in Yokohama in April 1892. Most of these photos were taken sometime between 1898 and 1917, though Enami created amazing photographs and 3-D stereoviews of Japan’s people and countryside until his death in 1929.

Photo researcher Rob Oechsle, an expert on Japanese photography who has lived in Okinawa for three decades, gave us permission to use scans of Enami’s century-old images. Check out the rest of his images here on Flickr.

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