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Japan 1900

Hardcover, 11.4 x 15.6 in., 12.75 lb, 536 pages
US$ 200
Multilingual Edition:
English, French, German
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1868 saw Japan open its doors to the outside world, putting an end to more than 200 years of national seclusion and heralding a new era that brought the country firmly into the modern age. Curating some of the first photographic images of the country, Sebastian Dobson and Sabine Arqué unveil an epic panorama of 1900s Japan, guiding us from Beppu’s hot springs to bustling Osaka, from the historic capitals of Nara and Kyoto to their modern successor, Tokyo.

Customer reviews (8)

Timeless Beauty

Land of the Rising Sun at the Turn of the Century
The Golden Age of Travel neatly overlaps with the reign of the Emperor Meiji, which began in 1868 with the overthrow of a feudal order that had kept Japan secluded from the outside world for more than 200 years. In the ensuing four-and-a-half decades, Japan became a less remote and more attractive destination for the international traveler and a popular subject for photographers, both Japanese and foreign.

In 536 pages, this book presents more than 700 vintage images of Japan, texts by a specialist in early Japanese photography, and extensive commentary through thematic sections exploring traditions as varied as tea, silk and Buddhism, as well as itineraries across five regions, all of which guide the reader through this captivating land.

Our travels take us from the enchanting vistas of Nagasaki to the seagirt shrine of Miyajima, long esteemed among the "Three Views" considered the most beautiful in Japan; from the rambling streets of Kobe to the energetic bustle of Osaka; from the cornucopia of historic sights in the ancient cities of Kyoto and Nara to the twin delights of shopping and sex in the vibrant modern port of Yokohama; from the timeless beauty of Mount Fuji and the mountainside scenery of nearby Hakone to the urban melange of Japan’s modern capital, where the traditions of Edo and the modernity of Tokyo co-existed; and, finally, from the jewel-like architecture of Nikkō set amidst forests and waterfalls to the islet-studded bay of Matsushima, until our journey ends in the remote wilds of Hokkaido, home to the indigenous Ainu.
The authors

Sebastian Dobson is an independent scholar of the history of early photography in Japan and East Asia. He lectures widely in Europe, the United States, Australia and Japan, and his publications include encyclopedia entries, book reviews, numerous articles and catalogue essays for exhibitions hosted in Boston, Singapore and Tokyo.

Sabine Arqué is a photo researcher, editor, and author. She has collaborated on numerous publications on the themes of travel, the history of tourism, and photography.

Japan 1900
Hardcover, 11.4 x 15.6 in., 12.75 lb, 536 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-7356-6
Multilingual Edition: English, French, German

Customer reviews (8)

Exquisite book of a bygone world

Hauke Richter, November 04, 2021
Like all previous volumes of the Taschen 1900 series, this book offers a wealth of fascinating photographs bringing to life the extraordinary world of Japan having only just emerged from hundreds of years of self-imposed seclusion. Another brilliant work after the equally moving and astounding USA/Germany/France 1900 books which help to bring the past into our living rooms as never seen before.

remarkable book

Paul, November 01, 2021
Stunning look on daily life in Japan in 1900.


Kevin C, November 01, 2021
The book takes you through a journey of beautiful imagery of ancient Japan. Filled with lots of amazing pictures and content, I tend to get lost in this book for hours at a time. If you have a fascination for ancient Japan like I do, then this is the book for you.

Superb overview of ancient Japan

Roger, October 27, 2021
Very nice large edition of Japan. Beautiful pictures showing ancient Japan, its scenery and people. Must have and highly recommended.


Kenny, October 27, 2021
TASCHEN always delivers in their quality. This is a wonderful book with beautiful archival photography of Japan.

Beautiful book

Moritz, October 27, 2021
What a wonderful book !

Selten schöne Ausgabe

Renate, November 02, 2021
Unglaubliches Fotomaterial und sehr interessante Texte.


Christine, November 02, 2021
Hervorragender Bildband, mit historisch sehr interessanten Fotos und Bildern. Dieses Buch gibt einen Einblick in das Leben am Anfang des 20 Jahrhunderts. Die enorme Größe erschwert wohl anfangs das Schmökern, aber man gewöhnt sich an die "schwere" Qualität! Gratulation dazu!!!
Japan 1900
Japan 1900
US$ 200
Japan 1900