Japanese railway scenes, c 1870s-1880s.
© NRM / Pictorial Collection / Science & Society Picture Library
Japanese colour woodblock print showing three railway scenes. Crowds of pasengers in both western and traditional Japanese dres are shown approaching a ticket gate at a station platform, while below, pasengers are seen queueing in a ticket office. To the right is shown an exterior view of a station building with a man operating points and signals. Railways were built in Japan from 1854, first under foreign direction, and independently from the 1880s. Prints such as this introduced the Japanese public to modern technology.