Tokyo

 

Image Description from historic lecture booklet: "Tokyo, the capital of the Empire is one of the foremost cities of the Orient. In spite of the terrible destruction wrought by the earthquake of September 1, 1923, Tokyo will soon be a greater city than before the earthquake. 'Under the supervision of the Municipal Reconstruction Bureau in rebuilding Tokyo, residential districts are segregated from commercial and industrial districts. Six new avenues, 100 to 150 feet wide, will cut across the most crowded sections, supplementing the existing main thoroughfares, and 122 new streets with a minimum width of 36 feet are laid out, replacing narrow and crooked lanes and streets; three large and 52 small parks will be added and a fifteen million yen (nearly 7,500,000) chain of public markets. Also, a subway will be built." Tokyo city proper under census of August, 1925, had a population of 2,036,136. Including suburbs--that is, Greater Tokyo-- the people numbered 3,859,674.

 

Japan took over her railway enterprises in 1906. In 1924 it had 7,341 miles of state-owned railroads and 2005 miles privately owned. They are narrow gauge roads but the government has made plans to gradually rebuild the roads to the standard gauge of 4.85 feet. The rebuilding project includes the electrification of the state-owned roads and will cover a period of 20 years. The first section of this project is the line from Tokyo to Kobe, a distance of 408 miles. At present there is under process of construction a tunnel under the straits between Honshu and Kiushu Islands. It will be seven miles in length and will probably be completed in 1931 at a cost of about fifteen million dollars.

 

Japan's merchant marine is advancing with great strides. In 1921 it consisted of above six thousand steamships and over thirty-six thousand sailing vessels, with a gross tonnage of 4,466,061. Japan has sixty harbors open to foreign trade.

 

Posts, telegraphs and telephones, all of which are extensive, are in government control and operation. "

 

Original Collection: Visual Instruction Department Lantern Slides

 

Item Number: P217:set 060 002

 

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  • Rob Ketcherside PRO 4y

    This was a stock photo, taken about 1904 looking towards Shinbashi.

    A Keystone lantern slide of it was sold recently on Yahoo! Japan Auctions, with the following description:

    米国キーストン・ビュー・カンパニー発行に依る説明プリントが画面外に有ります。影像は新橋方向を望んだ物で、遠方に二つの塔が見えますが、左は江木写真館新橋支店で右は逓信省です。手前の商家の軒下の看板に「荒物商」、軒先の看板広告に「玉川石鹸」、店前の荷車に「和洋雑貨卸商」などの文字が読み取れます。撮影は1904年(明治37年)頃の様です。

    Rough Translation: Produced by America's Keystone View Company. The photo is taken looking towards Shimbashi and two towers are visible, on the left is the Egi Photography Shimbashi Branch and on the right is the post office. In the foreground, the sign below the store says "variety store" while to its right is "Tamagawa Soap". On the hand cart is written "Japanese and European General Store". It was taken about 1904 (Meiji 37).
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Taken circa 1915
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