Monday, July 24, 2006

Photos of the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923

Swiss photographer Kengelbacher August took these photos of the aftermath of one of the worst earthquakes in Japan's history, the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923.

Last year I reviewed a book called Confessions of a Yakuza, a true story about old-school yazuka in prewar Tokyo. One chapter contains a harrowing account of the protagonist's escape from a raging, fast-moving fire after the same quake. A hair-raising account indeed.

—Mellow Monk

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