(Neal E. Callahan/Stars and Stripes)

Kyoto, Japan, March 1955: The Otorii — the gateway to the Heian Jingu Shrine — in Kyoto, Japan, as it was in March 1955. The torii (gateway to a sacred ground) is one of the largest in Japan, standing 78 feet tall, and leads to the Oten-mon Gate — the front gate of the Heian Jingu Shrine.

For years Stars and Stripes pre-1964 negatives were thought to have been lost — that is until several months ago when a small batch of them was found. This 1955 image taken by Stars and Stripes photographer Neil E. Callahan is one of seven we found, all taken in and around Kyoto in late February or early March 1955. They are the oldest negatives we found to date in our Pacific Stars and Stripes archives.

See all the images — and read the article accompanying the two which were published in the paper in March 1955 — here.

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