Japan Today, 1945-47

Japan Today, a "picture album of colorful memories", was compiled by Dr Shodo Taki in 1947 and published in January 1948 by the Society for Japanese Cultural Information. It was "made primarily for the consumption of the Occupation Forces in Japan".

Ginza in late 1945.

Ginza in 1946. Note the stalls lining the street.

Shanty town in a bombed-out part of Yokohama.

Isezaki-cho, Yokohama.

GIs find a novel way to get around.

A horse-drawn vehicle of the Imperial Household Office.

Bicycle taxis, called "welfare cabs", were popular in postwar Japan.

A charcoal-powered bus.

A charcoal-powered car.