The Everyday Life of 1890s Japan Captured on Hand-Painted Photos

By Ingrid Longauerová
Ingrid Longauerová
Ingrid Longauerová
journalist/graphic designer
Ingrid Longauerová is a long time employee at the Epoch Media Group. She started working with The Epoch Times as a freelance journalist in 2007 before coming to New York and work in the Web Production department. She is currently a senior graphic designer for the Elite Magazine, a premier luxury lifestyle magazine for affluent Chinese in America produced by the EMG.
May 2, 2016 Updated: May 30, 2016

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. 

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Ingrid Longauerová
Ingrid Longauerová
journalist/graphic designer
Ingrid Longauerová is a long time employee at the Epoch Media Group. She started working with The Epoch Times as a freelance journalist in 2007 before coming to New York and work in the Web Production department. She is currently a senior graphic designer for the Elite Magazine, a premier luxury lifestyle magazine for affluent Chinese in America produced by the EMG.