TOKYO, JAPAN 1919
Our journey begins nearly 100 years ago, in Japan. The period between 1912 to 1926 is known as the Taishō era here, named after the Emperor Taishō who reigned during these years. After the Meiji Restoration, (a historic political and industrial transformation), Japan experienced an era of great prosperity. Government was becoming increasingly democratic, power was shifting to the National Diet (a sort of parliament). Industrial and modernizing advances were still progressing with as much speed as ever. Electrical wire-grids were constructed, in larger cities tram systems were on the rise...
Railways were common in many towns, as was cramped wooden housing. (Click to enlarge)
From top to bottom, you can see the following sights: A water mill generating electricity for the neighborhood, A kabuki theatre (kabuki was a popular form of acting/dance), a small water plant, a bridged canal.