Various means of transport in Japan, 1854-1889.

Various means of transport in Japan, 1854-1889.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 21cm x 32cm


Japanese colour woodblock print juxtaposing traditional and modern transport technology. A steam train is shown travelling along the seafront, while below, a horse-drawn omnibus, telegraph wires and a man in western dress riding a bicycle are seen. Beneath this are shown a number of traditional hand-drawn carts and rickshaws, transporting passengers and goods. Railways were constructed in Japan from 1854 and woodblock prints such as this one introduced modern technology to the Japanese public.

© NRM / Pictorial Collection / Science & Society Picture Library

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