Street Scene in Japan circa 1910-1920
When Zhang Yuhe went to Japan in 1907-08, what did he see? What did Japanese cities look like?
Here are two postcards. One shows a modern looking street with European style buildings and a streetcar. But the street is not paved. The other shows pedestrians who wear kimonos and wooden clogs. I have a collection of such postcards dated early 1910s which I picked up in 1994-95 from street vendors in Shanghai . Before the war, there lived in Shanghai a large Japanese community of over 30,000 mostly in the Hongkou area . I surmise that the original collector of these postcards was a Japanese woman living there, quite possibly a professional entertainer.