If you liked the fascinating photos of Japan from many, many years ago that we shared in a previous post, we bring you more of these vintage snaps in this installment of Postcards from Asia. Read on and take a look!
The National Museum of Denmark, through their Flickr page, shared a collection of beautiful vintage photos of Japanese people with oil-paper umbrellas which they called wagasa. Oil-paper umbrellas originated in China then spread across Asia, reaching Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, and Laos.
It was said that the oil-paper umbrella reached Japan through Korea during the Asuka period (538 – 710 or 592 – 645). The handle and scaffold of the wagasa were often colored black, while the surface was decorated with traditional Japanese paintings. The umbrellas were typically made in Kyoto (they had their own style which came to be known as kyowagasa), Gifu, and Yodoe.
Going back to the selected vintage photos above, they were taken during the late 19th century and meticulously hand-colored, like the equally interesting colorized photos we shared in a previous post.
All information for this article were sourced from Oil-paper umbrella on Wikipedia