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Japan 150 Years ago

In my favourite Aether-Newspaper they report on the discovery of 1400 photographic prints of Japanese High Society and Every Day Life, taken during a state-run expedition to Japan (and later on to China). These prints seem to be put in a box in 1861 and remained unopened until now.

Besides my interst in Japan in general and some nice architectural details i like the quality of the prints, the scratches and the faded sepia brown.

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I googletranslated and bit.ly-ed the adressworm for you:

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12 Comments

  1. Edward Pearse Edward Pearse January 24, 2011

    Wow. Finding something like this is just stunning. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Glaubrius Valeska Glaubrius Valeska January 24, 2011

    Interesting related event: at about this time Japan contacted Abraham Lincoln to request naval aid against the Czarist Russin.  Abe had to tell them we had a bit too much on his plate.

      • Glaubrius Valeska Glaubrius Valeska January 26, 2011

        Thanks Jedburgh, wonderful information!  I shall share it with my Historical friends and see which know about this. Another step: the last double turreted Civl War ironclad was in Manila Bay, towed there during the Spanish American war. Unfortunately it was destroyed by the Japanese during WWII.

  3. Queer Hermit Queer Hermit January 24, 2011

    *HUGE smile*

    ( OOC )

    This is what I base Miss Hermit on.  What a wonderful collection.  Now you can get a feel of how she is trying is depict herself while in Babbage.  Of course her backstory does lend a few interesting twists that is not completely in sync with actual history but then who really does that anyway….grin

  4. Aeolus Cleanslate Aeolus Cleanslate January 26, 2011

    When these were taken, Japan had spent a couple of centuries channeling all its surplus cultural energy internally. Within fifty years it had voluntarily and completely changed its national character to enthusiastically adopt change, and science – enough that it beat Russia decisively on land and on sea by 1905.

    Imagine if they had moved even *faster* (or started twenty years sooner). Superimpose some Victorian technology on those images or put an airship in the sky overhead. Mmmm.

     

  5. Breezy Carver Breezy Carver January 26, 2011

    humm, ponders a moment @ the idea of  True Japanese  Steampunk !

    • Queer Hermit Queer Hermit January 26, 2011

      Shall I try my hand at it Miss Carver?

  6. Breezy Carver Breezy Carver January 26, 2011

    nods  nods Miss Hermit .. grins at you .. (( although you don’t you have to try too hard, as you are a natural :)  mho ! ))

  7. Grendel Footman Grendel Footman January 26, 2011

    steampowered samurai armor?

     

     

    and I think there was a videogame that came out a few years back that was essentially Japanese (or at least asian, as there might of been some chinese elements) Steampunk.  I just don’t remember the title (never owned it, but had a friend that did)

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