Dieselpunk + Steampunk Culture

Normally when we think of Japan during the 1920s - 1940s we think of the rise of fascism and their involvement in WWII. But it's much more complicated than that, which I plan to make a topic of my blog soon. In the meantime I thought others would find this interesting. It's a site I learned about on Steampunk forum, which has images from the Taisho Period (1912 - 1926) and the Showa Period (1926 - 1989). The name of the site is Old Photos of Japan.

Here's a few of the interesting photos from the site:

A 1920s fire drill

Osaka City Hall in Nakanoshima. Built between 1918 and 1921.

Woman in Modern Dress circa 1930's

Another woman in modern dress taken circa 1930s

Car on a road some time in 1930s

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Comment by Larry on June 26, 2010 at 7:54pm
Thanks, Cap'n. And I agree about with you about both the Weimar and Taisho democracies. It's a shame so few people understand about either. Both cases serve as a warning to us all not to take our freedoms for granted.
Comment by Cap'n Tony on June 26, 2010 at 7:39pm
Great images! I always felt for the Japanese in the Diesel Era. The Taisho Democracy, much like Weimar, was such a source of just damned iconic cool it was a shame both fell to fascism.

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