Saturday, June 09, 2007

From topknots to top hats: Photos of Japan in transition

Tokyo University has an online exhibit of photographs from Japan's late Edo and early Meiji periods.

In this time of transition, in the late 1800s and early 1900s, Japan threw off the yoke of the shogunate and installed a modern-style government.

The text is all in Japanese, but the pictures are well worth the clicking around. When viewing photos of real-life sword-carrying samurai, remember that those swords weren't just for decoration—those guys really knew how to wield those things. (Hat tip to MetaFilter.)

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