The Everyday Life of 1890s Japan Captured on Hand-Painted Photos
For them everyday reality, for us a window into the wonderful world of old Japan.
The end of 19th century brought Japan the Meiji Constitution, in which the emperor was head of the state, but the prime minister was the head of the government. This prevalent model of ruling also led to new developments and a modern way of life.
Here, on hand-painted photos from 1890 to 1899, we see Japan on the precipice between the old monarchy and modern challenges the 19th century would introduce.