Back from Oi Keibajo – Japanese photographic treasures from the past

Japanese photographic treasures from the past
Today chouchous I’ve got a special treat for you. I came back from my favourite flea market with three old photo albums. Man they were heavy… but so worth it. I never came back empty handed from Oi Keibajo (Tokyo), but this time it felt like I did even better than I usually do there. And I usually do quite well. Yes, yes, I know, you may laugh…

Japanese photographic treasures from the pastThis one says Year 29, April, to Year 32, April. Now by looking at the pictures I’m assuming that the photographer meant year 29-32 of the Japanese Showa period, which would correspond to 1952-1957 in the western calendar. Not bad! The other two albums cover roughly the same period.

Japanese photographic treasures from the past

 

Japanese photographic treasures from the pastI was awestruck in front of the poetry of certain pictures, like the one above with the silhouette of the lady and the tree standing out against the misty background, and a mysterious car.

 

Japanese photographic treasures from the pastDo I like my new baby brother? Let’s see about that…

 

Japanese photographic treasures from the past

Such a sweet birthday photo. And mother and child heating themselves up under the kotatsu table. A classic of the Japanese winter.

Japanese photographic treasures from the past

Probably a summer festival.

Japanese photographic treasures from the past

I love all three pictures, so much atmosphere conveyed. Playing Go in the bottom one.

Japanese photographic treasures from the past

Fireworks and lanterns, this must be a summer festival too.

Japanese photographic treasures from the past

 

Japanese photographic treasures from the past

Those photos were barely 2cm in width! Telling a story… I wonder what kind of camera was used for this mini-mini format.

Japanese photographic treasures from the past

 
Japanese photographic treasures from the past

 

Japanese photographic treasures from the past

 

Japanese photographic treasures from the past

I’m not quite sure what this is, a shipwreck or another festival? It’s sometimes a thin line.

Japanese photographic treasures from the past

 
Japanese photographic treasures from the past

Winter pleasures like ice skating. I wonder where this was. It must be written on the side, I just can’t decipher it. Time to learn more Japanese!

Japanese photographic treasures from the past

 

Japanese photographic treasures from the past

Romance, and more Go games.

Japanese photographic treasures from the past

A friendship?

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Yes, absolutely, friendship.

I hope you liked this photographic series. I find the photos rather really wonderful. Maybe because I can’t read the text they seem even more poetic and artistic to me? It somehow adds to their charm, this mysterious side of them.