Thursday, July 13, 2006  12:21 PM

Edo / Tokyo in Photographs

写真で見る江戸東京 「写真で見る江戸東京 」
Shashin de miru Edo Tokyo
HAGA, Tooru (芳賀徹), OKABE, Masayuki (岡部昌幸)
Shinchosha, Tokyo (1992)
ISBN 4-10-602002-5

This book contains a collection of early photographs of the area around the old Edo Castle, mostly from the last quarter of the 19th century giving an impression of Tokyo as it was before Western-style buildings had made much more than a token appearance.

Many of the photographs had been colourized and look almost like watercolours, but together with modern photographs of the same setting make for an interesting perspective on early Meiji-era Tokyo.