Japanese railway scenes, c 1870s-1880s.
© NRM / Pictorial Collection / Science & Society Picture Library
Colour woodblock print showing three railway scenes. A steam locomotive is shown hauling a train of carriages, while below, pasengers in both western and traditional Japanese dres are shown descending a platform footbridge and awaiting an approaching train. The third image shows a locomotive being turned on a turntable. Railways were constructed in Japan from 1854, first under foreign direction, but from the 1880s with little outside help. Woodblock images like these introduced modern western technology to the Japanese public.