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Vintage Japanese Stereoviews

[caption id="attachment_27338" align="aligncenter" width="350" caption="Photo: T. Enami"]Photo: T. Enami[/caption]

Pink Tentacle has an awesome collection of gifs culled from Okinawa Soba's Flickr set- called the mother lode of online photos by enigmatic photographer T. Enami (1859-1929).  These particular photos were taken for a stereoscope (kinda like a View-Master) that made them look like 3-D.  Coincidentally, the geishas in the photo above are enjoying some stereoviews.
A stereoview consists of a pair of nearly identical images that appear three-dimensional when viewed through a stereoscope, because each eye sees a slightly different image. This illusion of depth can also be recreated with animated GIFs like the ones here... Follow the links under each animation for the original stereoviews and background information.

These animated images are worth the click.  Check them out! Link.

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Considering how Westernized Japan has become, and how different in general people there look now (compaired to 50+ years ago): I wonder if the Japanese youth of today looks at pictures like these, and wonders "Who the heck ARE those people"?
Seems like a good portion of Japanese people (at least on Japanese Tv programs) look more white than Asian anymore. Same also for a lot of anime. They use very wide eyed very "white" looking characters that are oddly... supposed to be Japanese.
Kinda makes me sad to see a culture loose a bit of its identity. I love their history. :(
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