Sabae's Emi Photo Studio

Meiji era building is home to 120 year old photo studio

By Larry Knipfing    - 1 min read

Situated on a side street in Sabae, and sandwiched in between a number of modern buildings, the Emi Photo Studio, is almost 120 years old. Established in 1905 by Mr. Yoshinosuke Emi, this elegant western style home features some beautiful architectural touches, both inside and out. The gate, a designated cultural property of the city, is charming. The building, although clearly western, features a Japanese style tiled roof. Inside, the floors are of beautiful wood. There is a strong feeling of nostalgia here, with old cameras and photos tucked into every corner and hanging on all the walls. The Emi family still runs their photo studio, next door!

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Larry Knipfing

Larry Knipfing @larry.knipfing

Born on Long Island, New York in 1958, I have spent the last 30+ years of my life living in Japan, and enjoying every minute of it! I especially love photography, and Japan is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the world to photograph! (Visit my online gallery) My other love is fiction writing and I have published quite a few books that take place in Japan. Fun stuff! You can find them at my Amazon Author's Page. In addition to my writing, I have mainly been working in the field of corporate training, and at the same time have done a lot of photography. *Kamakura, and now Yokohama (both in Kanagawa Prefecture) have been my home for almost twenty years and are perfect places for me: Hilly, situated on the water, and with amazing histories. The rest of Kanagawa is equally amazing and includes the great Hakone onsen and spa area.  *Tochigi Prefecture, with World Heritage site Nikko, is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and not far from Tokyo.  *Fukui Prefecture, located in central Japan on the coast of the Japan Sea, is brimming with classic Japanese culture and great natural beauty everywhere you look. I really look forward to sharing ALL of Japan's beauty and magic with all of you. Website: Contact me: