Friday, March 25, 2011
The Land of the Rising Sun
Posted by Jay at 6:12 PM
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.