Inside the Chrysanthemum kingdom: 100-year-old photos show a still-medieval Japan

For years it had remained shut off from the rest of world and shrouded in mystery.

But this unique collection of images taken 100 years ago are some of the first ever insights in to rural Japan before it was opened up to the rest of the globe.

The collection of pictures – the first ever used to promote tourism in the country – show geishas relaxing in pleasure gardens while workers pick tea leaves from the fields.

Mysterious: Japan remained cut off from much of the world until the Convention of Kanagawa in 1854

Division of the classes: A peasant woman entertains a child with a handmade toy
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2232259/A-snapshot-time-Collection-100-year-old-photos-hidden-wonders-Japan-prepared-open-doors-world.html#ixzz2C8PZQ5Sz

by The Punjapit Alliance

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