Before planned development in the Meiji period, the Ginza had been a humble road on the outskirts of Edo. With an increased interest in Western goods and fashions, the newly developed Ginza gradually overtook Nihonbashi as the main shopping district. In truth, Ginza may not have been as glamorous as the printmakers would have us believe, and many of the street and architecture scenes are idealized, capturing the national enthusiasm for progress. Everyone wanted to look at the buildings, but not many wanted to live in them. As a result, street vendors, merchants, restaurants and theatres occupied the majority of these brick buildings. In fact, the Regency-style sweep of stone buildings portrayed here is far more glamorous than the actual Ginza street; much of the architecture was an eclectic mix of varied Victorian designs.
Vancouver Museum, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts,

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