A post by Sean over at Getting Back into Baseball Cards ... in Japan reminded me that I had some sightseeing cards from Kyoto that I picked up somewhere in the past decade or so. Those cards are modern, with photos of various sights found around the historic city. Being modern photos, the images show parts of places, instead of wider shots - instead of a photo of the entire temple, there's a close-up of a paper lantern. Instead of a view of Gion's tea houses, you see a maiko girl walking down a side street. There are some wide shots, but mostly the shots go beyond the iconic images and look to add a little character.
That's all well and good, but sometimes you just want to look at buildings. And this color set of small cards does just that. There really are no close-ups. I don't know when this set came out, as there are no dates to be found anywhere, but I would guess the 1950s or 1960s. All 32 cards in this set have text on the back describing the location, which I'm not going to be bothered to translate. Instead, I'll give you some basic information on each site.
We'll call it a day for now, but this post is only halfway done! I'll finish presenting the cards tomorrow.