After the Japan-U.S. Peace Treaty was signed in 1854, the Japanese government designated Yokohama village as a trading base and expanded the land with landfill. In 1859 Yokohama officially opened her port to the rest of the world and became the business center of Japan. Foreign trade and traders came rushing in. Cameras were one of the things that they brought in. In those days, foreigners were allowed to enter only a few places in Japan, such as Yokohama, Kamakura, Nikko, and parts of Kyoto and Nara. And now we can see such places and Japanese people from those days in these precious old photos.
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