Shimada Hairstyle: The Lovely Traditional Hairdo of Japanese Women

The Shimada is a women’s hairstyle in Japan, similar to a chignon. Generally the hair is gathered together at the crown of the head and a small portion of the bun is sectioned off to point outward. This hairstyle was from the Edo period, and used still to this day. It became one of theContinue reading “Shimada Hairstyle: The Lovely Traditional Hairdo of Japanese Women”

41 Amazing Colorized Pictures Showing Life in Japan During the 19th Century

Felice Beato (1832-1909) was an Italian–British photographer. He was one of the first people to take photographs in East Asia and one of the first war photographers. He is noted for his genre works, portraits, and views and panoramas of the architecture and landscapes of Asia and the Mediterranean region. Beato’s travels gave him theContinue reading “41 Amazing Colorized Pictures Showing Life in Japan During the 19th Century”

35 Beautiful Photos Capture Daily Life of Yokosuka, Japan in the 1970s

Yokosuka (横須賀市, Yokosuka-shi) is a city in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. As of October 2017, the city has a population of 409,478, and a population density of 4,066 inhabitants per square kilometre (10,530/sq mi). The total area is 100.7 km2 (38.9 sq mi). Yokosuka is the 11th most populous city in the Greater Tokyo Area, andContinue reading “35 Beautiful Photos Capture Daily Life of Yokosuka, Japan in the 1970s”

37 Vintage Portraits of Ainu Women From Northern Japan With Their Traditional Tattooed Lips during the 1900s

Ainu means human. The Ainu people regard things useful to them or beyond their control as kamuy (gods). In daily life, they prayed to and performed various ceremonies for the gods. These gods include: “nature” gods, such as of fire, water, wind and thunder; “animal” gods, such as of bears, foxes, spotted owls and gram-puses;Continue reading “37 Vintage Portraits of Ainu Women From Northern Japan With Their Traditional Tattooed Lips during the 1900s”

37 Beautiful Photos of Young Japanese Girls Posing in Bathing Suits From the Late 19th to the Early 20th Century

Geisha (芸者) (/ˈɡeɪʃə/; Japanese: [ɡeːɕa]), also known as geiko (芸子) (in Kyoto and Kanazawa) or geigi (芸妓), are a class of female Japanese performing artists and entertainers trained in traditional Japanese performing arts styles, such as dance, music and singing, as well as being proficient conversationalists and hosts. Their distinct appearance is characterised by long,Continue reading “37 Beautiful Photos of Young Japanese Girls Posing in Bathing Suits From the Late 19th to the Early 20th Century”

36 Portraits of Gangs of Kabukicho, Tokyo in the 1960s and 1970s

Kabukicho is an entertainment and red-light district situated in the busy Tokyo area of Shinjuku. At night the streets are buzzing with neon lights, as the host and hostess bars and clubs come to life. Meanwhile, in the criminal underworld, around a thousand gangsters (Yakuza) are said to operate in the area, giving this spotContinue reading “36 Portraits of Gangs of Kabukicho, Tokyo in the 1960s and 1970s”

49 Beautiful Photos Showing Street Portraits of Tokyo Women in the Early 1970s

“Street fashion” is the sense of style of creative people who take all sorts of information (from music, sports, fashion, and the like) and express their personal values through their outfits. The 1970s was the first time that young people embraced a sense of communal solidarity as a generation and joined together in opposition toContinue reading “49 Beautiful Photos Showing Street Portraits of Tokyo Women in the Early 1970s”

The Story Behind the Photo of 10-Year-Old Japanese Boy Carries His Deceased Brother to a Cremation Pyre, 1945

This heart rending photo was taken by Joe O’Donnell, who was sent by the U.S. military to document the horrors inflicted upon the Japanese by air raids and atomic bombs in 1945. In this photo, the little boy had bought his brother to a cremation spot. He was barefooted and in perhaps trying to playContinue reading “The Story Behind the Photo of 10-Year-Old Japanese Boy Carries His Deceased Brother to a Cremation Pyre, 1945”

How the Original Selfie Stick Was Invented in the 1980s

Before the word “selfie” was even coined, let alone in the dictionary. The first selfie stick was neither as elegant nor as successful as the latest models. The original patent was filed all the way back in 1983, before cell phones were ubiquitous. The first selfie stick was invented by Hiroshi Ueda, at the timeContinue reading “How the Original Selfie Stick Was Invented in the 1980s”

“The Forgotten Holocaust”: 27 Tragic Photos From The Rape Of Nanking

These tragic photos and stories that capture the horrors of the Nanking Massacre (a.k.a. the Rape of Nanking) committed by Japanese soldiers against Chinese civilians in 1937-1938. We know all about the horrors that have happened on our side of the world. But, all too often, when an atrocity has happened on the other side,Continue reading ““The Forgotten Holocaust”: 27 Tragic Photos From The Rape Of Nanking”