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Rooftop view of city

View of Ginza Main Street in Tokyo, looking north towards 3-chōme and 4-chōme, circa 1895, from atop the Hattori Clock Tower. Note the Kyōya Clock Co. Ginza clock tower and the Iwaya Shōkai tobacco store on the right.

Wisteria vine at Kameido Tenjin shrine, Tokyo

Item is a photograph showing people on the taiko-bashi (drum bridge) over the Shinji-ike pond and wisteria in full bloom at Kameido Tenjin shrine in Tokyo. This is one of the many photographs from this period, which were patterned after ukiyo-e woodblock prints. This photograph follows a 1865 print, Inside Kameido Tenshin Shrine by Hiroshige Ando and others.

Tamamura Kōzaburō (玉村 康三郎)

The thousand armed Kannon, Sanjūsangen-dō, Kyoto

: Item is a photograph of rows of the thousand armed Kannon or Bodhisattva figures at the Sanjūsangen-dō, a Buddhist temple officially known as Rengeō-in (Hall of the Lotus King) in Kyoto, Japan. This temple was a popular subject, and several photographers of the time took similar photos.

Kusakabe Kimbei (日下部金兵衛)

The Kimbei studio on Honchō-dōri, Yokohama

Item is a photograph of a street scene with Kusakabe Kimbei’s studio on No. 7 Honchō-dōri in Yohohama, Japan, which he opened in 1880. The original title provided by Davidson was “Street scene with photo studio sign”.

Kusakabe Kimbei (日下部金兵衛)

Bridge over water

Item is a photograph of a bridge over water. Some buildings appear in the background. Reads, "KINTAIKYO BRIDGE NEAR INLAND SEA."

Boys flying kites

Item is a photograph of several boys wearing traditional clothing flying kites. A western-style building appears in the background. Reads, "BOYS PLAYING KITES."

City street scene

Item is a photograph of a city street scene. Several people wearing traditional clothing and rickshaws appear. Notes read, "Osaka" but not indicated on plate.

Street scene

Item is a photograph of a street scene. several figures appear, wearing traditional clothing and holding umbrellas. Reads, "A RAINY DAY OF KOBE."

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