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Images of everyday life in old Japan

License unique views of Japanese cities, customs and people

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Bakumatsu

Bakumatsu Period
1853~1867

Meiji

Meiji
Period
1868~1912

Taisho

Taisho
Period
1912~1926

Showa

Showa
Period
1926~1989


Ainu

Ainu

At Work

At Work

Bridges

Bridges

Buildings & Structures

Buildings & Structures

Castles

Castles

Children

Children

City Views

City Views

Customs

Customs

Disasters

Disasters

Education

Education

Exhibitions

Exhibitions

Flowers

Flowers

Government

Government

Hotels & Inns

Hotels & Inns

Industry

Industry

Military

Military

New Year

New Year

People

People

Prostitution

Prostitution

Railways

Railways

Religious

Religious

Rural

Rural

Scenic Views

Scenic Views

Shops

Shops

Sports

Sports

Temples & Shrines

Temples & Shrines

Tokaido

Tokaido

Transport

Transport

Weddings

Weddings

Women

Women

Newspapers

Newspapers

Art & Prints

Art & Prints

Advertising

Advertising

Maps

Maps


Calendar

Historical
Calendar

FAQ

FAQ

Pricing

Pricing

Powerful and beautiful images for

Documentaries

documentaries

meijishowa images add accuracy, authencity and visualization to your documentary, TV program or news feature.

Authentic Museum-quality Images

exhibitions

The high quality scans of meijishowa's museum-quality vintage images are a dependable choice for exhibitions and presentations. Some of the world's top museums, and many government organizations, work with us.

Photos for Articles and Books

articles & books

Use our images to illustrate your article or book and tell your story better. Many also make striking book and magazine covers.

Images for Interior Design

interior design

Use a single image to cover a whole wall, or combine images to tell a story and create a mood. Perfect for restaurants, hotels and offices, but also private homes.

Advertising

marketing & merchandising

Tell a story and increase sales by adding meijishowa images to your videos, print ads and other marketing materials. License images for your packaging, or to print on your products.

Education

Education

Textbooks, presentations, classes, archives, online resources, there is no end to how meijishowa images can add value to your educational program.

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Authentic Museum-quality Images

authentic images

High quality scans of original museum-quality vintage photos, advertising flyers, postcards, maps, money, and more.

Everyday Life in Japan

everyday life

Most images in meijishowa's unique collection have been specifically selected and curated to show daily life in old Japan.

Professionally Scanned

professionally scanned

Each image has been professionally scanned and digitally mastered to bring out the colors and details of the orginal.

Print at any Size

print at any size

Need a print to cover a whole wall? No problem! Because we own most of the original images, we can re-scan them at any size.

Reliable Captions

accurate descriptions

Our carefully researched captions help you find relevant images that won't turn out to be something else than described.

Customer Support

reliable customer support

We are a very small privately owned boutique photo agency. You always deal with the same well-informed and real person.

Fast & Easy

fast & easy

You can see, search and browse meijishowa images without registration or approval. Start selecting images instantly.

Diverse Sources

diverse sources

meijishowa offers you distinct and diverse views of old Japan: work by celebrated professional photographers, snap shots from anonymous family albums, news photos, advertising, art, maps.

Powerful Search

powerful search

Find images quickly: search by keyword, theme, place, period, decade, artist, tag, or any combination of these search methods.

Distinctive curated collections

Customs

customs

People at work, students in their classroom, prostitutes posing for clients. meijishowa offers you an astounding collection of images showing everyday life in old Japan.

City Views

city views

Panoramic views, street photography, and even images of individual buildings help you paint a picture of what Japan's big cities and country towns looked like in the past.

Newspapers

newspapers

Rare engravings of Japan and the Japanese from old newspapers and periodicals like Le Monde Illustré (France), Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper (USA) and Illustrated London News (UK).

Money

money

meijishowa has a small collection of vintage Japanese notes in almost pristine condition.

Advertising

art in daily life

Woodblock advertising flyers for shops, Art Deco promotional postcards for national exhibitions, satirical art, and much more.

Maps

maps

Colorful vintage maps of Japanese cities, regions and Japan as a whole. Some drawn in bird's-eye view.

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