August 17, 2022

Camera strolls around Japan

The following two videos were upscaled and colorized from the original black and white film. The first dates to 1913–1915, and the camera is the obvious center of attention, few Japanese having ever seen one before.

Incidentally, this footage was shot during the Taisho era, the same time period as Demon Slayer.

The second is from the late 1940s. In a couple of frames toward the end, you can pick out speed limit signs written in English for the Occupation forces.

This documentary about everyday life in Tokyo was made by a German film crew in 1966.

To bring things up to the present, walking around Japan with an HD camera has become a popular YouTube hobby, though NHK has been doing it for years with its Somewhere Street series.

You can take your own custom tour around Japan practically wherever you want. Bring up Google Maps, zoom in on Japan, pick a city, and switch to Street View.

Related links

Tokyo NSK
Off to Japan

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