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shows photos of Japan between the 1860s and 1930s. In 1854, Japan opened its doors to the outside world for the first time in more than 200 years. It set in motion a truly astounding transformation. As fate would have it, photography had just been invented. As the old country vanished and a new one was born, daring photographers took photos. Discover what life was like with their rare and precious photographs of old Japan.
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1890s • Woman Cooking

Woman Cooking

In this studio photo of daily kitchen work, a woman wearing a hokkaburi (頬っ被り, headwear) is grinding something in an earthenware suribachi (mortar). Daikon (radish) and a knife lay on the mainata (wooden board). Next to the mainata is a meshibitsu (rice tub). On the other side is an oke (wooden bucket) and a kago (reed basket).

The suribachi was, and often still is, an important tool in the Japanese kicthen. It was especially used for grinding sesame seeds or mashing miso.

Japanese hairstyles were extremely elaborate and contained a lot of wax. Housewives and working women used the hokkaburi to protect their hair from dust and dirt while working.

Photographer: Unknown
Publisher: Unknown
Medium: Albumen Print
Image Number 80129-0048

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Duits, K. (2010, June 17). 1890s • Woman Cooking, Old Photos of Japan. Retrieved on 2020, Aug 03 from https://www.oldphotosjapan.com/photos/707/woman-cooking

Posted by • 2010-06-17
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thank you..

#000475 · yasith · 2011-10-06








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