Amazing old-world animated photographs

We’ve certainly all heard plenty about the outrageous special effects that make up James Cameron’s Avatar. But want to see a pretty neat visual trick that’s a lot cheaper (and less time-consuming) than a trip to the multiplex? Check out these incredible animated pictures of old-world Japan.

These tricky images use the photographs by T. Enami of late 19th- and early 20th-century life in Meji-period Japan and offer the illusion of movement and three dimensions, courtesy of photographer Okinawa Soba and Flickr. (No special glasses required!) Follow the links under each animation for the original picture (helpful for those of us whose eyeballs get tired from the optical illusion) and interesting background information. We’re especially fond of the Buddha!

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