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The late Tokugawa period, the Meiji period photograph album

Last update date February 12, 2019

From the late Tokugawa period to the Meiji era, photograph album which photographed scenery of various parts of Japan and figure of Japanese people, state of life was produced, and was sold as souvenir for visit to Japan foreigners. Because base of the business was opening of a port place Yokohama, it is also called "Yokohama photograph" now.
Four points of photograph albums which produces in digital archive for the late Tokugawa period, the Meiji period, and was sold and each photograph album can see scenery photograph of recorded Yokohama, all photographs recorded in photograph album by photographer feh Late beato.

Digital archive Yokohama's Memory URL: https://www.lib.city.yokohama.lg.jp/Archive/ (the outside site)

Hand coloring photograph album (lacquer work cover)

We were trained to be 50-100 pieces of albums with luxurious cover, and photograph produced as souvenir for foreigners in Yokohama was sold.
Technique of lacquer work that is one of the traditional technique of japanner art of Japan on wooden cover is taken, and design is expressed in gold dust, silver dust on the surface. It is black or has a very luxurious impression by cinnabar red colour of the ground and comparison of gold dust. White shellfish is fitted in face of crane and woman and is expressed three-dimensionally. This is crafts technique called Shibayama work.
It was important export craft that lacquer work and Shibayama work, all won popularity abroad for the Meiji period. Shibayama work is told in particular by demand for foreign countries having increased even if Yokohama that is treaty port became base of production.
Because woman, bamboo, crane, iconographic Buddhist image with Japanese-style image including Mount Fuji to play the koto are drawn, it is indicated that the main purchasing range of photograph albums was foreigner.

Reference materials:

  • "Lacquer work album full of Yokohama colors" Masami Shiraishi (No. 64 "citizen graph Yokohama" 1988.6)
  • "- mainly on relations with fundamental researches - Yokohama about Shibayama work" Eiko Numata ("Yokohama-bijutsukan, Yokohama citizen gallery study bulletin" No. 7 2005.4)

1) Photograph album body + collecting photograph (partly)

*The album body and image of ten pieces of Yokohama scenery make a hit when we search digital archive with "2001073993".

Photograph album 1
[hand coloring photograph album] (the outside site)
50 pieces of coloration photographs (ten pieces of inner Yokohama scenery)
Request sign: 2001073993


Photograph
FUJI FROM YOKOHAMA (the outside site)

Photograph
THE 101 STONE STEPS AT YOKOHAMA (the outside site)

Photograph
BLUFF GARDENS YOKOHAMA (the outside site)


2) Photograph album body + collecting photograph (partly)

*The album body and image of seven pieces of Yokohama scenery make a hit when we search digital archive with "2027544196".

Photograph album 2
[hand coloring photograph album] (the outside site)
50 pieces of coloration photographs (seven pieces of inner Yokohama scenery)
Request sign: 2027544196


Photograph
VIEW OF HONMOKU, NEAR YOKOHAMA (the outside site)

Photograph
HARBOUR FROM CAMP HILL YOKOHAMA (the outside site)

Photograph
THEATER STREET YOKOHAMA (the outside site)


3) Photograph album body + collecting photograph (partly)

*The album body and image of eight pieces of Yokohama scenery make a hit when we search digital archive with "2027544200".

Photograph album 3
[hand coloring photograph album] (the outside site)
50 pieces of coloration photographs (eight pieces of inner Yokohama scenery)
Request sign: 2027544200


Photograph
GRAND HOTEL YOKOHAMA (the outside site)

Photograph
RAILL WAY STAITION YOKOHAMA (the outside site)

Photograph
CHEERY BLOSSOM NOGEYAMA (the outside site)


4) Photograph album body + collecting photograph (partly)

*The album body and image of eight pieces of Yokohama scenery make a hit when we search digital archive with "2027544170".

Photograph album 4
[hand coloring photograph album] (the outside site)
50 pieces of coloration photographs (eight pieces of inner Yokohama scenery)
Request sign: 2027544170


Photograph
VIEW OF BUND, AT YOKOHAMA (the outside site)

Photograph
MAIN STREET, YOKOHAMA (the outside site)

Photograph
VIEW OF FISHING VILLAGE AT HONMOKU (the outside site)


Photograph album (feh Late beato)

After having been embedded with Crimean War and Arrow War of China as photographer, beato is said to have visited Japan in (1863) in 1863. In Japan, we put a lot of scenery of each places of the whole country and Japanese manners and customs in photograph and went to the front for Shimonoseki war. Among photographers who visited Japan by the late Tokugawa period, there is one of the most renowned people now.

Reference materials: With "scenery by the collection of F. beato photographs 1 late Tokugawa period of Japan people" Yokohama Archives of History/edition Akashi Bookstore 2006

Collecting photograph (partly)

[photograph album] photograph by photographer feh Late beato is put in (2061192614).
*All images of photograph recorded in album make a hit when we search digital archive with "2061192614".

Photograph
[Canale Yokohama] (the outside site)

Photograph
[Street in Yokohama] (the outside site)

Photograph
[Benten Sama Yokohama] (the outside site)

Photograph
[Kanagawa and Tokaido] (the outside site)


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