Biographical Note

Historical Background

Scope and Content

Digital Content

Restrictions on Access

Restrictions on Use

Acquisition Info

Processing Info

Inventory

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Guide to the Kyoto, Japan Photograph Album
circa 1880-1910



VM Collection No.: 838
Title: Kyoto, Japan photograph album
Date Span: circa 1880-1910
Quantity: .16 cubic feet (1 box)
12 photographs in 1 album (8.5 x 11 inches) : hand-colored
Location: Entire collection available on digital site
K900 (scanned copies)
KV908 (originals restricted)
Languages: Collection materials are in English and Japanese .
Kamigamo shrine, Kyoto. Circa 1880-1910. Special Collections, UW Libraries UW28561z




Biographical Note

This album of hand-colored photographs of Japan were probably made by Kusakabe Kimbei (1841-1934), who was a well known Japanese photographer. Kimbei worked with Felice Beato and Baron Raimund von Stillfried as a photographic colorist and assistant before he opened his own studio in 1881 in Yokohama, in the Bentendori quarter, and from 1889 operating in the Honmachi quarter. He later also opened a branch of his studio in Tokyo in the Ginza quarter. His clientele was mostly foreign residents and visitors, thus his photographs tend to be of Japanese scenery and Japanese people doing activities that would appear exotic to foreigners.

Historical Background

During the Meiji Period in Japan (1868-1912), foreign tourists were allowed to travel to the country for the first time in recent history. Many photographers set up studios to cater to foreign tourists, and the Japanese interest in photography expanded. Photographs and postcards became very popular souvenirs for locals as well as tourists. In addition, some photos and postcards were exported to other countries as these photographs could emphasize the exotic and feudal aspects of Japan, despite the fact that Japan was becoming increasingly westernized.

In 1868, at the beginning of the Meiji Period, the capitol of Japan was moved from Kyoto to Tokyo. Kyoto began to modernize around the historical sites that had been already been built. The city continues to be a modern city with modern transport, ancient temples, gardens and palaces.

In 1870, the number of professional photographers in Japan had exceeded 100, and this number continued to grow with each passing year. By the 1890s, it was a very popular trend to hand-color photographs.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of an album of 12 hand-colored prints of Kyoto, Japan with images of temples, the outside of Mikado's Garden, kanten makers on the Kamo River, and the Maruyama area, showing the Yaami Hotel and other buildings. Each photograph is captioned in Japanese and English.

Digital Content

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Restrictions on Access

Access to originals restricted. See digital version or scanned copies first. Permission of curator required for viewing. Contact Special Collections for more information.

Restrictions on Use

Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation, or publication. Contact Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries for details.

Acquisition Info

Source: Leslie Potenzo; 2008.

Processing Info

Processed by Alicia Reuter and Marion Brown, 2009; revised by Melody Hauf, 2012


Inventory

 
 Date
1Kamigamo shrine, Kyoto   View imagecirca 1880-1910
 
2Jinsenan   View imagecirca 1880-1910
 
3Outside of Mikado Garden   View imagecirca 1880-1910
 
4Kiyomizu Temple, Kyoto   View imagecirca 1880-1910
 
5Sanjusangendo Temple, Kyoto   View imagecirca 1880-1910
 
6Higashi Hongaji Temple, Kyoto   View imagecirca 1880-1910
 
7Maruyama, Kyoto, showing Yaami Hotel   View imagecirca 1880-1910
 
8Main temple of Toji   View imagecirca 1880-1910
 
9People making kanten (agar) on the Kamo River   View imagecirca 1880-1910
 
10Okunoin Temple   View imagecirca 1880-1910
 
11Nishi Otani Temple   View imagecirca 1880-1910
 
12Inari Shinto Temple   View imagecirca 1880-1910

Subject Terms

Genre Headings:
Albumen prints.
Photograph albums.
Last modified: July 6, 2012
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