Japanese Print Collection

The historic places of Japan from cities to tea houses

Japanese art prints of temples, shrines, tea houses, villages and castles provide a striking contrast to the major cities of Japan that were fast becoming transformed by the influence of Western architecture, technology and fashion after Japan re-opened its borders during the Meiji restoration.

The sacred places Japan

These sacred Buddhist and Shinto temples and shrines are popular today as tourist destinations and are captured undisturbed and peaceful and as they were during the Meiji period.

Meiji period Japan in contrast

The Meiji restoration provided a striking contrast for photographers in the late 19th century who were able to capture the modern bustling cities heavily influenced by the West as well as the ancient towns and peaceful villages of rural Japan largely unchanged for hundreds of years.