This is a quickie. Here’s a gallery of photos taken in Japan in the last quarter of the 19th century. The one thing about photos (at least in those time and to my knowledge) is that they don’t lie. These images show without western bias what life was like in Japan at a time which I know very little about.
I think my favorites are of the geisha’s: they are not the perky sex-dolls of popular culture nor the inhumanly perfect images from slightly more accurate modern films. They are simply women. There but for fortune, go you and I.
Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.
– Oscar Wilde