BAKUMATSU BABIES -- Smiling Father Teaches His Kids the Game of "Go" in Old Japan by Okinawa Soba, via Flickr The above image was taken by RENJO SHIMOOKA, and is probably the first photograph in the history of Japan to show an actual "toothy" smiling face. This ca.1862-64 shot shows a slice of Japanese life in the years between the arrival of Commodore Perry and his Black Ships in 1853, and the restoration of Emperor Meiji in 1868.
O-mikuji or Sacred Lots 1910s, Japan. O-mikuji (おみくじ) is a form of divination that relies on random chance to predict the answer to a question. Traditionally, a small box with a slot in one end is shaken until a bamboo stick falls out. The stick has a number that corresponds to a slip of paper on which the fortune is revealed. Text and image via Blue Ruin 1 on Flickr