Most century-old photographs that resurface are usually images of landscapes and portraitures, very rarely are there pictures of everyday life candidly shot. Thanks to German-born American scholar Arnold Genthe, we are now able to catch a glimpse into the everyday lives some local Japanese citizens 100 years ago.
While on a 6-month visit to Japan in 1908, Genthe was able to capture candid photos of the Japanese locals as he explored and walked through the city. Keeping his camera hidden, Genthe photographed the citizens as they went about their daily lives completing mundane tasks, such as shopping for groceries for that evening’s meal or of families spending a day at the beach. The images Genthe was able to capture offers a rare look into the past that many do not tend to think about and now current and future generations will be able to enjoy the images.