Image: T. Enami / Guy Thiophene
A bridge over peaceful waters in Hikone Park
During this “golden age”, another quite different visual art form was also flourishing. The stereoscope was invented in 1838 by English scientist Sir Charles Wheatstone, and it was later improved upon by French inventor Jules Duboscq. The stereoscope produced images that appeared 3D when looked at through a double-lensed viewer – so think of it as a precursor to modern 3D movies.