Photo/IllutrationWearing traditional Japanese and Western clothes, participants join a photo session for Google Street View on Nov. 25. The 360-degree camera is set up in the center of an alley in the Dejima district of Nagasaki. (Kentaro Yamano)

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NAGASAKI--Google Street View users may feel like they stepped in a time machine when they call up the city's Dejima district later this month.

Participants dressed in traditional clothing from the Edo Period (1603-1867) posed as Japanese and European officials and merchants while participating in a photo session for the online street view service held in the Dejima district on Nov. 25.

“We want to promote what it looks like when you travel back in time,” said an official from the event organizer.

Street View offers 360-degree panoramic images of places around the world. About 120 participants in kimono and other traditional outfits strolled around Dejima, where city officials are working on a project to restore the historic site that served as a European trading post from the early 17th century to the mid-19th century. Recently, a bridge connecting Dejima with mainland Nagasaki was completed for the first time in about 130 years.

The photos will be published on Google Street View by the end of December.