YOKOHAMA--Photographs by a husband-and-wife team of war-torn Yokohama under Allied occupation, as well as seedier aspects from that period, are being celebrated in a special exhibition at a museum in this historic port city's Naka Ward.

The images taken by Taiko Okumura and his wife Toyoko Tokiwa were recently donated to the Museum of Yokohama Urban History here.

Many photos focus on people living in the shadows of postwar Japan, of which Okumura, who died in 1995, was one, having lost his home in a U.S. air raid. Tokiwa's father was also killed in a U.S. raid.

A photo by Okumura shows rows of half-cylindrical barracks for American soldiers built in the Fukutomicho and Yoshidamachi districts, now prime land near today’s Isezakicho district.

As of September 1946, Allied occupation forces had requisitioned 921 hectares of land in Yokohama alone.

Naka Ward had to give up 392 hectares, or 35 percent of its land.

Residences for military officers were constructed in now scenic Yamashita Park, and a small air field was built close to the Isezakicho district.

During those years, the number of Americans stationed in Yokohama topped 94,000.

Okumura wrote that “Yokohama has become a city swarming with American soldiers.” He took numerous images of soldiers and their families walking on city streets festooned with signs in English.

The presence of so many military personnel in the city attracted many Japanese, too.

Okumura also wrote that “hookers, street kids, homeless people and beggars” had become part of the city's fabric.

When he wasn't snapping photos, Okumura helped a civil welfare movement to provide relief to those affected by the war.

In December 1946, a boys’ home was founded in the premises of a shrine in Naka Ward to take in and care for war orphans and street children. Okumura was instrumental in getting the project off the ground, and continued to take photos of people living on the fringes of society even while he was engaged in social work.

Okumura frequented Seibo-Aijien, a Catholic orphanage in Naka Ward, where he took numerous photos of children who had clearly been sired with Japanese by soldiers of the Occupation Forces.

Tokiwa, who was born in 1928, focused her lens on working women, starting with hairdressers, nurses and female wrestlers, and moving on to showgirls, nude models and prostitutes, the latter often the targets of social contempt.

She took numerous photos of the red light district, including long lines of sex workers waiting to undergo medical examinations for sexually-transmitting diseases.

“Their works had been praised as works of art, but they are also hugely valuable as a historical record of postwar Yokohama,” said Takeru Nishimura, a researcher at the museum, who curated the show.

The boys’ home that Okumura helped establish continues to operate today as Kodomono Sono in Chigasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture.

The exhibition also features records kept by the children’s home of how some of kids at the facility became orphaned and essays written by them explaining what their lives were like before the war disrupted their lives.

Exhibition will run through Dec. 24.