Friday, March 25, 2011

The Land of the Rising Sun


It's been two weeks since the major earthquake in Japan, and now we are getting reports of an earthquake that yesterday hit Myanmar, China, Thailand and Laos. With so much focus on the devastation, I think it would make for a nice change of pace to shift our attention instead towards the timeless beauty of one of those nations, the Land of the Rising Sun.


The beautiful photograph above shows the majestic Mount Fuji and is from the Old Photos of Japan website. There, you will find dozens of photographs from as far back as 150 years ago, all of them depicting the old culture of Japan.


From quiet street scenes in Kyoto like the one above to festive occasions in Kobe as seen below, you will find numerous images, many of them skillfully hand tinted, showing the charming and intriguing places, peoples and customs of the island nation.


All of the images on the website have been carefully researched and have accurate descriptions and attributions. They are also available for licensing if you would like to use their high resolution images. Of course, you can always just visit the website and simply enjoy the many old photographs the site has to offer.

Going back to the present need of those affected by the earthquake in Japan, you can visit the Gekobot blog where a few helpful links are listed. If you know of any relief efforts for those affected in Myanmar, please leave them in the comments and I will update this post.

Disclaimer: The use of the images in this post is meant for educational purposes only. If you own or represent the oldphotosjapan.com website and you do not wish for the images to be displayed on this blog, then please contact me immediately through this form, or leave a comment below and I will remove them as soon as possible.

158 comments:

Headspace said...

Yet another fantastic post. And I love old photos that have been coloured (which I think these are?), it somehow helps me appreciate the reality of the image more. Nice set!

Astronomy Pirate said...

Those are wonderful photos of the historic culture of Japan. I appreciate you sharing them. I wish Japan the best in this tragedy, but it also seems they have it handled. You don't become a prominent island civilization without knowing how to deal with a few huge waves.

-M said...

Always great to see the topography of a land from the past...it makes us cherish what we have

Daily01 said...

Wow very beautiful photos, that second photo reminds me a little bit of the river kwai bridge in Thailand. Have been there.
Too bad about the seismic activity in Asia. Hope it all will be over soon!

consuela bananahammoc said...

I sooooo want to ge there! Lovely photos!

The Angry Lurker said...

I love these photos, my favourites are of the castles still standing or rebuilt fom Japans past especially from around the Sengoku period 1550-1615 approx I believe, beautiful country.

mac-and-me said...

great shots

Triper said...

OH MY ! It's awasome pics! great one my friend.

PvtCarlin said...

This is great! Japan is definately one of the top 5 most beautiful countries.

Tasos said...

beautiful pictures! I'll check the website out. What I love with the Japanese culture, is that without getting any influences from Europe and they've created such a beautiful and balanced world

Azurikai said...

beautiful old pictures.

Alphabeta said...

Really evocative photographs.

JaksonHunt said...

All of those shots are really nice!

amBored said...

old photos of japan are always fascinating

Polybius said...

The second one is the best.

duffboi said...

Very kewl appreciation in those.

Shutterbug said...

Awesome, awesome photos! Japan is such a beautiful place. :)

Banacek said...

Nice. I like the serenity of Kyoto temple pictures.

Every Day said...

those look awesome.

Rob said...

such a beautiful place.

G33bus said...

Nice photos, that bridge one is pretty cool.

Grafted said...

Really beautiful photos

Bart said...

people on farms are always more ready for earthquakes than those in buildings

Devon Davidson said...

I've been to Japan but only to cities.

Be nice to take a look at the rural areas.

Shelby Fox said...

Very beautiful pictures of old Japan. I wish I knew more about ancient Japan.

Let's hope they get themselves back on their feet soon.

Rorschach Redemption said...

As pretty as it is, they still had their share of natural disasters back then.
As an aside, Japan sure knows how to throw a festival!

DocStout said...

I've never seen anything quite like these photographs, I'd have almost mistaken the first for a painting at a glance.

Matt Neumann said...

Wow, china has some fantastic scenery! Great shots!

Lhosreiff said...

That second photo is magnificent, I love it.

Biff Tanner said...

Very cool pictures.

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Big Unicorn said...

Gorgeous.

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GFTM said...

wow these are great shots!

Dudemeister said...

Back when Japan was still in the middle ages while the rest of the world was in the 1800s.

thenitefalls said...

Wow these are beautiful pictures. Looking at them reminds me of the movie Seven Samurai. It's sad that they experienced this tradegy, I just wish the best to them.

jblogger45 said...

nice pics. i really wanna go to japan some day

YellowNiceTechno said...

Great post!

Zakk said...

Love these pics!

The Game Store Guy said...

Something about the second picture is just striking. So subtle...so gorgeous. I love it. Thank you for sharing it.

WayTooSexy said...

What a beautiful place. I like how even though they just had an earthquake, you shift the attention towards a peacefull setting and calmness.

KyRoHH said...

Great shots, lookin forward to more.

Moob said...

awesome

Elliot MacLeod-Michael said...

beautiful photos, classy, articulate post (nothing like mine).

skinned sheep said...

awesome. i like it. have a great saturday :]

Electric Addict said...

I need to tavel. these places look awesome!

Sam said...

Beautiful pics, I know they will get back on their feet

techdelver said...

such a magnificent art of nature..... like it

sedated said...

I used to visit that site. the photos are truly amazing, and im not just saying that. Japan is a fascinating country and its people the strongest and most disciplined of all. It will be rebuilt from nothing, if necessary and still flourish again. Go JAPAN!

Franco - TRG said...

Japan is a beautiful country filled with good people.
I do hope they come back after the disaster.

MRanthrope said...

devasting...but I'm positive if any nation can bounce back from this, it's Japan.

Ano said...

great read! :D

Stare Dad said...

wow, these photos are really great. and it's true that area has been aflicted by great unfortune.

Virellum said...

japan is a fascinating country, i love the photos you have there.

Dale said...

lovely photos, they would look good framed and on the wall

YourArgumentIsCurrentlyInvalid said...

i love the shots :)

HiFi said...

Japan is so cool. I want to visit that place one day.

fabio_2007 said...

beautiful pics

Altenfrost said...

First photo... awesome... amazing.
Thanks for this.

Questions said...

Wow. That's a really great photo.

Questions said...

Love Japan. Used to live there.

Christophe said...

Lovely lovely photos. I especially love the third.

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Joel C Anatoli said...

I love your blog. I was I was a subscriber from way before hand to take in all these great images

Zombie said...

Beautifully old school!

schultzz said...

wow pretty awesome pictures.

Venus said...

lovely photos. lovely era. everything very peaceful

Anonfourtwenty said...

A truly amazing photo.

G said...

Another great photo...it seems such an exotic country

Kicking Rocks said...

japan is great! too bad about the tsunami/earthquake...

Brut said...

Love the pictures.

Necroticism said...

The Japanese will overcome this tremendous tragedy. It'd be a complete disaster somewhere else, but over there, the damages were "minimum.

ZeroTime said...

wow great photos!

Xuian said...

it would be nice for some peace! i like that pic you posted a lot ) too bad the middle east is also in turmoil for other reasons!

Mikael said...

I love Asia and what wonderful photos these are!

Jase said...

Nice photos, so much culture!

Hutch said...

Japan is such a beautiful country, I wish I could visit someday

Asty said...

amazing

My name is Maman. I'm one who likes all kinds of music. said...

very artistic.

Janez said...

really nice pictures and a good read...

Kamran said...

very nice photo's

TheMonopolyGuy said...

I love Japan.

Photo Blog said...

Its nice to see abit of hope for japan in the dark times the got now, glansing back on a beautiful country.

Wintermute said...

This is one of the best blogs I read, really good stuff.

Jenelle said...

thanks for sharing these great pictures.

dgrphx said...

awesome pictures awesome post thanks

Bebas Pikiran said...

What a scenery! I love it!

Wolf said...

That are some great pictures, would've loved to visit that country back in that age.

Green Bus said...

Great pictures. They are obviously colored, but still beautiful.

p said...

wow those pictures are beautiful

Pappa Püllï said...

Nice photos! Thanks for sharing

ironchefman said...

SE and Pacific Asia have so much character. I was planning to go there sometime this year, too.

Michelangelo said...

Lovely pictures, want more ;D

jmacabroad said...

great photos

MrBunni said...

Nice pictures, is that the vulcano that is active?

Jaccstev said...

Those photos were simply awesome! I just can't take my eyes off them!

Elucid said...

It's terrible what's happening over there but luckily we have these pictures to remind us of what it's really like there.

Poke said...

those are great pictures.. my condolences also to the families that are hurt from the earthquake.

Raine said...

Beautiful photos, Japan is an amazing place

akrater said...

many great pics on that site! thanks

TheHarvester said...

japan back in the days looked so romantic. i bet it was insanely nice to walk through these villages at night

Tibble said...

Stunning picture, such bad news about the fresh quakes :(

Team Panda said...

hopefully those natural disasters don't destroy all the "timeless beauty." Those are some nice pics, i saved them, thanks

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The Speaker said...

Excellent post and great idea. Thanks for the info checking out the rest of the set now!

Hmecey said...

Those photos are beautiful

jambaman84 said...

ya that's so true.. lets try to focus on the beauty of life so people have something else to listen/look forward to.

incognito19 said...

its sad whats happening, thanks for sharing... also for some reason your title post reminded me of the song about a certain house in new orleans they call..

elexerdelex said...

very nice dude! I really do think there is too much destruction!

Awesome Aardvark said...

Wow, I can't even imagine living in the shadow of something as massive as that! Here in florida we barely even have hills!

Slamcakes said...

Fantastic post, such a rich and deep culture over there that we cannot even begin to appreciate.

Apollo Clothing said...

AWESOME look at some historic places! It's amazing to think about the differences in human lifestyle from those days (not that long ago in the scope of everything) until now.

Trapper said...

I love coming to you blog, you always have some great pics!

Systemdown said...

Love the photos

las3R said...

Great photos, agreed.

Sean said...

God I want to visit the old areas of Japan so bad.

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Ray Rousell said...

Great photo's and a nice idea too! Thanks

Mike said...

Great photos on this blog buddy

Will be donating what little I can to Japan over the next year or so I'm sure... Have a very strong connection to the place, having studied Japanese for five years and having an avid following of their culture - God be with them.

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CandleintheDark said...

This is so awesome. I love seeing back into the past. That is amazing

Kevin said...

I enjoyed this. :-)

TheAmazingJason said...

I would loveeee to see this first hand.

subrand0m said...

totally saving that pic

Jay said...

Japan looks like such a rich and diverse place. So much deeper than America. I would truthfully one day love to go there and learn as much as I can.

crustaa said...

This is insane! Love it keep it up :) following

Oscar said...

Lovely pictures, it's nice to reflect after the tragedy :/

Joe Safdam said...

I think the second one is by far the most moving. Such serenity..

LOB said...

Those are some cool photos!

Generally Disgruntled said...

those are some great photos. good finds

Spike said...

really awesome, thanks

Photo Blog said...

aww, still so lovely pictuers

Glovey said...

Love the blog! keep up the great work!

tango-down said...

currently learning Japanese, love the country, want to work there someday :)
unfortunate turn of events with the earthquake and tsunami though :(

2seat said...

great pictures! followed!

Moody said...

Nice photos, thanks for sharing!

Jesper said...

Great pictures!

thebagleboy said...

That first one is amazing. Hard to image a scene as beautiful as that

sporktar said...

I like the shift of focus from destruction to...not destruction.

SirJohnBear said...

I really love the old photos, adds a nice touch to the post.

Patti D. said...

They are gorgeous!!

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Chuck said...

Very nice. I'd like to see what the same street looks like now.

Thatoneguy said...

Really good pictures. Liked them incredibly.

Mike said...

nicely put man. although all countries go through tragedies you have reminded me the beauty it will forever hold.

Bassislv said...

amazing pictures

Questions said...

This actually makes me miss Japan a bit.

Michelangelo said...

Good work!

Come At Me Bro said...

This is great!

thisguykills said...

cool shit thanks broseph

Brock said...

Just stumbled upon your blog, but I love the photos you've picked out. I'll definitely be following your blog with much interest.

Nina said...

Beautiful.

Killy said...

woooooooooooow.

Kenzie said...

Beautiful and sad at the same time.

Knifer said...

Great photos.

christopher said...

i've always wanted to go to japan, this didn't change my mind!

Dale said...

Great photos, thanks for sharing. You always have amazing pictures. :)I really like the top one
-Dale

Bulwyf said...

Wow, they just look like paintings

Half Coct said...

It won't be long before the San Andreas Fault slips up.

~H. Coct

Potholderz said...

These are great man, keep it up.

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