The pictures, which date from between 1863 and 1877, were taken by Felice Beato and are among the earliest examples of coloured photography ever produced.
Beato, who is widely considered to be one of the world’s first photojournalists, was living in Yokohama at the time and used his stint in Japan to photograph a wide range of subjects, among them courtesans, geisha and simple scenes documenting everyday life.
Believe it or not, these fairy tale-like fields are not digital images of our most vivid dreams, they are real photos taken at a park located in Hitashi, Japan. The Hitashi Seaside Park covers an area of 190 hectares (about 470 acres) and has a variety of flowers blooming throughout the year. The most famous ones, Nemophila, thrive and bloom in the spring, particularly in April, creating a truly mesmerizing view at the Hitashi Seaside Park of 4.5 million blossoms covering the fields.
The common name for the flower is “baby blue eyes”. Click through to see more photos.
A gallery of manhole cover art in Japan.