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Hand-Colored Photos Turn Early 20th Century Japan Into A Dream World

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Nobukuni Enami, also known as T. Enami, was a photographer and studio owner in Yokohama from 1892 until his death in 1929. He made thousands of stereoviews, lantern-slides and postcards in his lifetime, which are essential in the pictorial history of the Meiji and Taishō eras.

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The resort village of Hakone on Lake Ashi

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Morning light on the winter shores of Lake Yamanaka, with the Mt. Fuji in the background

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The Antique Dealer, c. 1892-1895

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A basket, brush and broom seller, c. 1892-1896

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A goldfish seller

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The Japanese version of the cold lemonade stand: a man serving amazake, a low-alcohol or alcohol-free sweet drink, made from fermented rice, c. 1892-1895

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Blowfish lanterns, c. 1897-1900

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Unwinding silk from cocoons

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Babysitters, c. 1898-1903

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Working dogs

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Selling flowers in front of a milk shop

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A komusō (characterized by a straw bascinet named tengai worn on the head), a mendicant monk of the Fuke school of Zen Buddhism, playing on the Japanese bamboo flute (shakuhachi) while begging

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The broom seller

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Boys on their way to school

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Hot water for Japanese troops in China, during the Russo-Japan War, 1904-1905

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An umbrella maker

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Drying umbrellas, c. 1905-1915

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Mt. Fuji through dead trees and veiling clouds, c. 1906-1912

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A maiko and an obi in the Genkyu Gardens of Hikone, near Kyoto

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Sweeping snow

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Reading a love letter, c. 1908

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Geisha on a jinrikisha

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Tea pickers on a green hill, c. 1910-1915

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A water wagon man keeping the dust down in a high class neighborhood, c. 1905-1920

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Drying tea

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A geisha makes some music for her dancing maiko sisters, c. 1925

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The photos are from the Flickr stream of Okinawa Soba.

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Octopussoup

wish his shop was still open