The famous maison Veuve Ambal, specialized in Crémant de Bourgogne, opens its doors on a regular basis to small scale photo exhibitions organized together with the Nicéphore Niépce museum of Chalon-sur-Saône. What a delight to see vintage Japanese photographs of the 1860’s. After the opening of Japan to the western world in 1854, some European photographers went to Japan to open up studios like the Anglo-Italian Felice Beato or the Italian Adolfo Farsari. These delightful photographs show the traditional Japan: Geishas, sakura, craftmen, paysans and street views enchant our early 21st centuty eyes. Most of these photographs were posed, to accommodate the technology of the time. They are presented in the halls and corridors of maison Veuve Ambal. A sweet smell of wine in the making in the nostrils, we travel far away, to a different place and time, in a refreshing combination of genres.