Let's See Life In Japan Over 100 Years Ago

It’s 2020. Perhaps you’ve been to Japan (or even live here), but if not you can always see copious clips of what life is like in the country. But what about, say, over a hundred years ago?


There is video about, of course, but YouTube user Denis Shiryaev has upscaled footage taken in Japan between 1913 to 1915. The FPS has been increased to 60 frames per second. The images have been enhanced to 4K, with damaged frames removed, the faces of people enhanced, and the footage has been colorized as well.

The ambient sound was previously added by Guy Jones, who also corrected the original footage’s speed. You can watch that clip below.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.



Seeing it in such fidelity is almost jarring. The typical association of quality and time usually makes the past feel “in the past” and as if traveling back to that moment would feel the same. This almost feels present. Like a live feed into the past...Makes it even stranger when you realize that even the youngest children in the video are likely gone.