Turn-of-the-century Paris gets the lion’s share of our admiration and nostalgia, but what about Japan?

For hundreds of years, the island country kept itself secluded from the outside world. In 1868, that changed. With the overthrow of a feudal order, Japan jumped into a period of intense modernization and Westernization. By 1900, everything was different. Japan 1900, an extra-extra-large-format coffee-table book publishing from Taschen with a first printing of 5,000 numbered copies, documents this radical transition in 700 colorized images.