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Charles Nicholas Johnson Slide Collection

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Charles Nicholas Johnson Slide Collection


Photographer and U.S. Army non-commissioned officer Charles Nicholas Johnson (1923-2005) was stationed in Tokyo from fall 1954 to September 1957. During this time he photographed color images, capturing everyday life in Japan, urban scenes, landscapes and representations of Japanese culture. The family of Charles Nicholas Johnson donated this collection of 260 slides to the archives in 2013. Many of the images were taken at Nikkō Tōshō-gū, a Shinto shrine established in 1617 to enshrine Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate. For more information on Nikkō Tōshō-gū, please visit:


World war II






Johnson, Charles Nicholas


UW-Parkside MC 036 Charles Nicholas Johnson Slide Collection


UW-Parkside Archives and Area Research Center

Rights Holder

The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System

Collection Items

Beer hall
A beer hall building at night with lit neon signage.

Yomeimon at Nikkō Tōshō-gū
A group poses in front of the Yomeimon Gate in Nikkō.

The pagoda at Nikkō Tōshōgū
The pagoda of Nikkō Tōshōgū. The “sculpted column” is part of a stone lantern.

Navy bus on the road
A US Navy bus on the road with other vehicles nearby.

Tree-lined road
A tree-lined fork in a dirt road, with buildings lining one side.

Streetcartracks in a city
Streetcar tracks along a city road. Buildings line one side, and a man on a bicycle transports a chair.

Main Mitsui Bank, Tokyo
Main Mitsui Bank, Tokyo. The Main Mitsui Bank building was constructed by the American James Stewart & Co and finished in 1902, although it had to be rebuilt in 1929 after the Great Earthquake due to damage. (Also seen in MC036_140)

Sightseeing at a mountain overlook
Sightseers pose on a fenced overlook with mountains in the background.

A View of Kegon Falls
A view of Kegon Falls and Lake Chusenji from the Akechidaira Ropeway.

Shipping dock
A crane unloads a crate from a cargo vessel. Other ships and cars are in the background while dock workers go about their tasks.
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