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    Mt. Fuji in Lacquer

    A lacquer likeness of Mt. Fuji at a Fuji shrine

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    Lantern Shop

    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.

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    Lady of Pleasure

    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.

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    Lacquer tray -side view

    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.

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    China Shop

    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.

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    Japanese Astronomy

    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.

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    Nihonbashi Bridge

    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.

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    Freedom of Religion

    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.

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    Gifted Novelist

    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.

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    Illustrations of the Japan-China War

    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.

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    Admission: $1.00

    Flyer advertising a grand matinee was held to honor members of the Japanese mission during their stay in New York.

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    British Soldiers and Japanese Geisha

    British soldiers and sailors were made welcome at a gala affair in Hibiya Park after the Japanese British Alliance of 1902 was implemented.

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    Teacher and Protege

    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.

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    Old Fashioned Way

    Around the turn of the century, farmers continued to thatch their roofs despite the modern structures that were being erected in the cities.

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    Olympics Opening Ceremony: Stockholm

    A marathon team, the first Japanese delegation to participate, was entered in the Fifth Olympic Games at Stockholm in 1912.

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    Buddhist Monks

    Buddhist monks with novice at the turn of the century.

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    Labor Demonstration in Japan

    The first one held in April 1901 was heckled by police and right-wing elements.

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    The Street Where They Lived

    Photo of the huge red-light district in Tokyo known as Yoshiwara, which flourished for more than three hundred years.

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    Window Display

    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.

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    Farmers in Japan

    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.

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    Emancipated Woman

    This photo of a Japanese woman shows how the trendy went for Victorian feathers and flowers, bustles, and bows.

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    Baseball

    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.

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    Summer Evening on the Sumida River by Yujiro

    Woodlblock print of moonlight on the Sumida River in Japan. Boaters are backlit with gradation of tones highlighting a temple pagoda in the distance.

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    Lacquer tray - top view

    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.