In our country which had begun to move forward as modern nation in the late 19th century, the Emperor Meiji looked at climate of each place through royal visit (gyokou) to each places of the whole country early in the activity minutely by being actually proceeded to the field. Photograph that the spread began in the Meiji early years as record of the occasion came to be utilized widely, and, about place where the Emperor was not visited, scenery and event of each place came to be reported by photograph.
For example, by six large Imperial tours that we were able to continue for six times with Imperial tour to Kyushu, pilgrimage around the thirty-three holy places in the Kinki district carried out in (1872) in 1872 as a start until 18 years, state of each place of Imperial tour ahead was recorded in photograph. It was building and industry, the history peculiar to each land including education and state of country that, on the other hand, was reborn newly to symbolize the modernization other than noted place known for song pillows that was projected. With these Imperial tours, as for the diary of literature commissioner and others who did cortege for 31-syllable Japanese poem, Imperial tour of Emperor's composition that the Emperor was written in each place and people who invited the Emperor locally, i (saw) is considered to be.
After six biggest Imperial tour, is sent gap to domestic each place in chamberlain or chamberlain military officers; of the Emperor did * (was charged) at hand, and was, and photograph and report of quantity were brought. It continued being mainly flowed into up to industry and welfare work that sent out buds newly through the visual media called photograph by land of distant place and record disaster, case whether "look of the Emperor" swelled in such a form.
Because it is faced country, the nation, eyes are poured into what, and, by book exhibition, the Emperor Meiji looks back toward Japanese figure for the Meiji period in what he focuses on whether heart was put from old photograph or related document possessed in Archives and Mausolea Department and Museum of the Imperial Collections some other time.