There was a chore for everyone including the undernourished horse. The farmers accepted poverty as inevitable and were slow to accept change, even if it meant improving their lot.
Title page from a book of illustrations from the Japan-China War of 1894-1895. Features two grinning men in britches and caps holding Japan's war flag aloft.
The Greek Orthodox Church was constructed in 1891. As long as they professed loyalty to Shintoism first, the Japanese were allowed to worship as they pleased.
Professor Ernest F. Fenollosa (seated) came to Japan in 1878 to introduce Western art forms, but left Japan with a sincere respect for Japanese painting and sculpting. He is shown here with Okakura Kakuzo.
Flanked by personal maids and swathed in layers of silk brocade, the woman in this photo was of a rank that only the wealthy could afford her.
A marathon team, the first Japanese delegation to participate, was entered in the Fifth Olympic Games at Stockholm in 1912.
This picture was taken by Prof. Edward S. Morse of Harvard, who came to Japan in 1877 at the invitation of Tokyo Imperial University to teach zoology.
Started in 1908, the modern version of the Nihonbashi Bridge took three years to complete. Nihonbashi was the originating station in the old Tokaido line to Kyoto.
The game of baseball was first introduced into Japan in 1903. This photo shows a game played between Keio and Waseda Universities in October 1909. The money from ticket sales was donated to an Antarctic expedition.
This simple rectangular tray is lacquered over a finely joined wooden core in numerous layers of colored lacquer to simulate pudding stone. Japanese lacquer artists excelled at simulating different materials in their craft, including metals, various stone finishes, wood grain and shells. 11 x 8.25 inches; height 1/2 inch.
Flyer advertising a grand matinee was held to honor members of the Japanese mission during their stay in New York.
A lacquer likeness of Mt. Fuji at a Fuji shrine
A man sits in his hakama, looking through a turn-of-the-century telescope. This kind of viewing was possible by 1889 at the Astronomical Observatory of Tokyo Imperial University.
The first one held in April 1901 was heckled by police and right-wing elements.
This picture was taken by Prof Edward S. Morse of Harvard, who came to Japan in 1877 at the invitation of Tokyo Imperial University to teach zoology.
Shopping for "company" was made easy in Japan. The 1872 ban on prostitution didn't work. It was hastily revoked, and prostitution was only banned again after World War II.
Buddhist monks with novice at the turn of the century.
Photo of the huge red-light district in Tokyo known as Yoshiwara, which flourished for more than three hundred years.
British soldiers and sailors were made welcome at a gala affair in Hibiya Park after the Japanese British Alliance of 1902 was implemented.
Around the turn of the century, farmers continued to thatch their roofs despite the modern structures that were being erected in the cities.
Natsume Soseki, professor of English and later employee of the Asahi Shinbun, produced fine literature with liberal and original themes. He first achieved success with his novel, I Am A Cat.
This photo of a Japanese woman shows how the trendy went for Victorian feathers and flowers, bustles, and bows.
This simple rectangular tray is lacquered over a finely joined wooden core in numerous layers of colored lacquer to simulate pudding stone. Japanese lacquer artists excelled at simulating different materials in their craft, including metals, various stone finishes, wood grain and shells.