Recently released photographs from the New York Public Library show a Japan in the midst of rapid modernization.
Neon lights and bright colors assail the senses at Robot Restaurant in Tokyo, Japan on May 14, 2015. (Daniel Galleguillos/Flickr)
The self-consciously futuristic Tokyo Tower is now an icon of the past, whereas the newer Tokyo Sky Tree's traditionalism is part of a 21st-century aesthetic.
Female giant panda Shin Shin munches away on bamboo, bearing signs that she may be pregnant in Tokyo, Japan on May 28, 2013. (Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images)
A dog looks out the windown in Tokyo, Japan on May 13, 2013. (今 ゆっくりと 歩いていこう/Flickr)
A compilation of subway maps and photos shows the dramatic development of mass transit in Asian cities over recent years.
A view of the snow-covered countryside from a train heading to Tokyo, Japan on January 16, 2013. (lestaylorphoto/Flickr)
Two people pause in front of twinkling Christmas lights in Tokyo, Japan on Decmeber 11, 2012. (lestaylorphoto/Flickr)
Japanese photographer Natsumi Hayashi redefines "levitation" photography in her self-portrait project.