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Hikyaku: the “flying legs” of early Japanese post delivery

In my May 21 column in The Japan Times, I wrote about hikyaku 飛脚, the “flying legs” couriers who moved letters and packages around Japan until the late 19th century when a modern postal system was created. The photo above, … Continue reading

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Woman? Or Man? Beato’s Snow Beauty ベアトの雪中美人

If you live in Tokyo, you’ve probably seen the photo above on posters advertising the ongoing Felice Beato exhibit at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. It was taken around 1868 by Beato, one of the first photographers to record … Continue reading

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