thekimonogallery: This photo was taken ca.1905 by Herbert G. Ponting somewhere out in Japan’s countryside. Granny is looking through an H.C. White stereoscope at 3-D views published in the USA by the same company. Ponting carried sample views and viewers around with him to show people the kind of photos he was taking, and to make friends while putting his subjects at ease. Original image, and text utilized, owned by Okinawa Soba of Flickr
1890's, Kyoto. A view on Shijo Ohashi (Shijo Great Bridge), one of Kyoto’s most important bridges on the river Kamogawa. Crossing the bridge and walking towards the mountains brought visitors to Yasaka Jinja, the shinto shrine that originated the famous Gion Matsuri. The road towards Yasaka Jinja is quite wide nowadays, but on this photo it is still narrow.