MT: stereoscopic picture: albumen print on paper, mounted on card (8x16 / C:9x18)
TX: printed at left of margin vertically <Sold only by Griffith & Griffith / PHILADELPHIA, CHICAGO, LONDON, HAMBURG, GER. MILAN, ITALY.>, at right <Geo. W. Griffith, Publisher, / Philadelphia, Pa.>, at lower right horizontally <1684. Ancient Hakone, Japan. / COPYRIGHTED 1900 BY GEO. W. GRIFFITH>
CM: Hakone is a resort village located west of Tokyo, with views of Mount Fuji. This stereoscopic view presents the rustic road through the old Torii on the way to Gongen shrine, located on the shores of Lake Ashi in Hakone. The Torii is a traditional Japanese gate most commonly found at the entrance of a Shinto shrine, where it symbolically marks the transition from the profane to the sacred. Here, the stone Torii prevails in the foreground, flanked by two stone lanterns. A peasant appears to be carrying pieces of log before the Torii, in the immediate foreground.