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Part of the difficulty in working on Chronin is all the research it requires -- I won't pretend to be an expert in Japanese history, by any means, but I try to get the details right when I can. Visual details are often the hardest, as very few photos exist that predate the Meiji restoration of 1868, and even then most of them seem to be of people in palanquins, temples and geisha. What I really need are scenes of everyday life -- what normal people looked like, where they lived, the shops they went to, that sort of thing. So I was VERY VERY HAPPY to discover an enormous collection of antique photos and prints hosted online by the New York Public Library.

Below the cut are some of my favorites, as I thought y'all might be interested!



Lots and lots of images, just to warn you! )

PS: I am in love with my new icon

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