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Picturesque Japan

A grand tour of Japan’s major cities, offering scenic views of the streets and daily life.

Travelogue 1907 9 mins Silent



This travelogue visits diverse locations, including Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Yokohama and Tokyo. The first half shows panoramic views of rivers, such as the Dotonbori Canal in Osaka, the Sumida River in Tokyo and the Shijo Bridge spanning the Kamo River in Kyoto. The flowing water of those rivers, shot either from a boat or over a bridge, adds to the vibrancy of urban life. The film's second half focuses on street life, from the bonsai (miniature trees) market to the noodle vendor.

The film also bears witness to the zeitgeist of Meiji Japan. In a scene set in Yokohama, we see the annual parade celebrating Japan’s victory in the Russo-Japanese War. The victory in Manchuria gave the Japanese public a sense of pride and confidence, as can be seen on the triumphant faces of flag-wavers. (Kosuke Fujiki)