Original 1880s Photograph of The Festival of Lanterns at Yokohama
Item Number: 13932
Original 19th Century Hand colored photograph of the Festival of Lanterns at Yokohama, Japan. The photograph measures 8"x10" and is matted to 10-1/2"x13". Lower right hand corner label reads "A 264 Festival Lanterns at Bentendori, Yokohama." Festival lanterns cheer up the business district of Bentendori 2-chome and 3-chome in Yokohama. During the Meiji Period, this was Yokohama’s premier shopping street. Foreign visitors came here to buy porcelain, curios, ivory, silk and photographs. The photographer of this very image, Kimbei Kusakabe, actually had a studio on this street between 1881 and 1889. Unfortunately, the exotic amalgamation of Japan and the Western world that existed on Bentendori was forever destroyed by the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. Photographs such as this are all that is left of a bygone era. In very good condition.