This set of images from Japan, taken and used in the early part of the 20th century, are both gorgeously hand-colored and delightfully informative! There are some amazing images of Tokyo and city life, but you'll also find some shots of the countryside (including that famous Mt. Fuji), bridges, and a even a few big Buddhas. There are people learning & people in costumes, people playing & people worshiping. You'll also find lovely images of Geishas and Buddhist priests, as well as historic art pictures (mainly pottery).

Remember, all the image descriptions and titles are taken straight from the lecture booklet used by instructors in the 1920s and 1930s, so if you know anything more please share!

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Kōtoku-in – the Great Buddha

Japanese Education System

Google books image of God of Wind

List of Bells

Forty-seven Ronin, also known as the Forty-seven Samurai

Ichikawa Danjūrō

Atami, Shizuoka

Fuji River
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