Interesting Items of the Week: Videos from The Great Kanto Earthquake 1923!
Short (sometimes) videos or stories about interesting Japanese culture, language, entertainment, and many other things.
The 関東大震災 (Kanto Daishinsai) website is a digital archive of old films from the Tokyo area in 1923 after the Great Kanto Earthquake. The site is entirely in Japanese, but is fairly easy to navigate. I linked to a page that breaks down a longer movie into smaller clips. Right above the clip thumbnails on this page, are button links to clips from different geographical areas. When you watch any of the clips, there are two buttons on the bottom of the page; the yellow one on the left will take you to the full video that has all of the clips together. It is interesting seeing people walking around in wooden sandals, or Geta, and seeing the word ‘building’ written in katakana over 100 years ago.