1870 - 1915

Trip to Kyoto around 1915

Kyoto Prefectural Library and Archives

Capital of Japan has changed to Tokyo in the Meiji era. Kyoto lost its position as capital to proceed with the modernization policy in a wide range of fields. Appearance of the city have changed largely changed with the Western-style buidlings, but you can still see many traditional landscape of Japan on the other hand.

From Kyoto Station to the Higashiyama neighborhood

Platform of Kyoto streetcar, 1870/1915, From the collection of: Kyoto Prefectural Library and Archives
Platform of Kyoto streetcar
Branch office of Kyoto Prefecture and Kyoto City, 1870/1915, From the collection of: Kyoto Prefectural Library and Archives
Branch office of Kyoto Prefecture and Kyoto City
Shichijo Bridge, 1870/1915, From the collection of: Kyoto Prefectural Library and Archives
Shichijo Bridge
The Imperial Household Museum of Kyoto (Current Kyoto National Museum), 1870/1915, From the collection of: Kyoto Prefectural Library and Archives
The Imperial Household Museum of Kyoto (Current Kyoto National Museum)
Snapshot of pottery shops in Gojozaka, 1870/1915, From the collection of: Kyoto Prefectural Library and Archives
The pottery shop in Gojozaka
Gion Shinchi Kobu Kaburenjo Theatre, 1870/1915, From the collection of: Kyoto Prefectural Library and Archives
Gion Shinchi Kobu Kaburenjo Theatre
Maruyama Park, 1870/1915, From the collection of: Kyoto Prefectural Library and Archives
Maruyama Park
Kissui Onsen (Hotel), 1870/1915, From the collection of: Kyoto Prefectural Library and Archives
Kissui Onsen (Hotel)
Tracks of Keage Cable Car, 1870/1915, From the collection of: Kyoto Prefectural Library and Archives
Keage Incline

Shijo Street neighborhood

Minami-za (Minami Kabuki Theater), 1870/1915, From the collection of: Kyoto Prefectural Library and Archives
Minami-za (Minami Kabuki Theater)
Shijo Bridge, 1870/1915, From the collection of: Kyoto Prefectural Library and Archives
Shijo Bridge
Scenery of Shijo Otabi-cho street, 1870/1915, From the collection of: Kyoto Prefectural Library and Archives
Scenery of Shijo Otabi-cho street

Gion Festival is one of the festival that represents Kyoto, where floats called Yama  (mountain)  and Hoko  (halberd)  parades. There are various kinds of floats. Some carries dolls or companies, others are decorated with luxurious fabrics. There are also floats that carries people playing bells, whistels or drums. Highlight of the parade is the scene called tsuji-mawashi, where float diverts the turn at the intersection. 

Gion Festival, 1870/1915, From the collection of: Kyoto Prefectural Library and Archives
Gion Festival
Snapshot of fish dealers in Nishiki Market, 1870/1915, From the collection of: Kyoto Prefectural Library and Archives
The fish dealer in Nishiki Market

The store of Takashimaya Īda Kimono Store was in the Karasuma Takatsuji  (Kyoto Shimogyo Ward) . Currently, head office of the Bank of Kyoto is located there.

Takashimaya Kyoto Karasuma Store, 1870/1915, From the collection of: Kyoto Prefectural Library and Archives
Takashimaya Kyoto Karasuma Store
Mibu Garage of Kyoto Electric Railway, 1870/1915, From the collection of: Kyoto Prefectural Library and Archives
Mibu Garage of Kyoto Electric Railway

Shijo Street neighborhood

Daiichi Bank, Kyoto Branch, 1870/1915, From the collection of: Kyoto Prefectural Library and Archives
Daiichi Bank, Kyoto Branch
Anekoji Substation of Kyoto Electric Railway, 1870/1915, From the collection of: Kyoto Prefectural Library and Archives
Anekoji Substation of Kyoto Electric Railway
Shushoin, 1870/1915, From the collection of: Kyoto Prefectural Library and Archives
Shushoin

Many banks or post offices were built in Sanjodori to symbolize the modernization. Until now, some of those buildings are still being used as commercial or museum buildings with preserved facade (the front of the building)  and renovated interior. Shushoin is a library that was established in Sanjo Higashinotōin by the Kyoto Prefecture in 1872.

Kyoto Post office, 1870/1915, From the collection of: Kyoto Prefectural Library and Archives
Kyoto Post office
Bank of Japan, Kyoto branch, 1870/1915, From the collection of: Kyoto Prefectural Library and Archives
Bank of Japan Kyoto branch
Meiji-za (Meiji Kabuki Theatre), 1870/1915, From the collection of: Kyoto Prefectural Library and Archives
Meiji-za (Meiji Kabuki Theatre)
Exterior of The Sakura-yu public bath, 1870/1915, From the collection of: Kyoto Prefectural Library and Archives
Exterior of The Sakura-yu public bath
The dressing room of the Sakura-yu public bath, 1870/1915, From the collection of: Kyoto Prefectural Library and Archives
The dressing room of the Sakura-yu public bath
Ponto-cho Kaburenjo Theater, 1870/1915, From the collection of: Kyoto Prefectural Library and Archives
Ponto-cho Kaburenjo Theater
Sanjo Bridge, 1870/1915, From the collection of: Kyoto Prefectural Library and Archives
Sanjo Bridge
Kyoto Hotel, 1870/1915, From the collection of: Kyoto Prefectural Library and Archives
Kyoto Hotel
Kyoto city office, 1870/1915, From the collection of: Kyoto Prefectural Library and Archives
Kyoto City Hall

Kyoto Gyoen neighborhood

There were 200s of large and small mansions for the Nobility around the Kyoto Imperial Palace until the move of capital to Tokyo in early Meiji period. But the noble town went devastated rapidly since many of aristocrats moved to Tokyo along with the Emperor. Present Kyoto Gyoen was established ​​through several times of renovation to renovate this area of noble mansions. During the royal visit, the party walked toward north on the Sakaimachi Gomon (gate)  and went into Kyoto Imperial Palace trhough Kenrei gate.

Sakaimachi gate of the Kyoto Imperial Palace, 1870/1915, From the collection of: Kyoto Prefectural Library and Archives
Sakaimachi gate of the Kyoto Imperial Palace
Kenrei gate of the Kyoto Imperial Palace, 1870/1915, From the collection of: Kyoto Prefectural Library and Archives
Kenrei gate of the Kyoto Imperial Palace
Scene of Nishijin Itoya-cho, 1870/1915, From the collection of: Kyoto Prefectural Library and Archives
Scene of Nishijin Itoya-cho
Kyoto Prefectural Office, 1870/1915, From the collection of: Kyoto Prefectural Library and Archives
Kyoto Prefectural Office
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