signature seal (hanko) impression for KURI-SU CHRIS'S JAPAN PAGE title bar amulet for one born in a Monkey year, from Tadou Taisha shrine, Mie Prefecture

Early 20th-Century Views of Japan

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scene at the west gate of Shitennouji, Osaka "Western portal of stone, the Shitennoji" at Osaka. Type 4 German
divider - left, "T"
Sentei festival at Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Ken "Shimonoseki, 12 notable places: Akama Shrine Sentei festival."This May 2 event still features a procession to Akama Jinguu (kanji WA here means: Japanese language) by finely dressed ladies to console the spirit of the sentei "former emperor," i.e., the child Antoku, who perished nearby with the Taira forces at Dannoura in 1185.
Type 2
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rubber stamp:
  "AUG 30 1910"
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Christmas card: unidentified location: scene of a teahouse and its girls Christmas card: unidentified locale, scene of a teahouse and the girls employed there--one of the typical postcard subjects. The card measures 65 x 144 mm and is slightly thicker than postcard stock. Printed: Drawing of the outorii at Miyajima (Hiroshima Ken), looking toward shore and Itsukushima Jinja. "A merry Christmas and A Happy New Year". Signed: "Jos. J. Simon / Shanghai".
teahouse at Hakone, palanquin-bearers and customers "Hakone, Hashimoto-ya teahouse". Four kago-kaki "palanquin-bearers" all have customers, who are covered with laprobes. The two indistinct faces on the left might be men; the right-hand two are women. Type 4 German
divider - left, "T"
stamp removed;
all-Japanese hand cancel (partly removed) from "____shita"; sent to USA
"Apr. 14 This country beats them all. Could stay here 2 mo - I am going home in few days. Regards to your family. Howard L. Platt".
the Okunon of Kiyomizudera, Kyoto " Kiyomizudera, Okunoin" (kanji WA here means: Japanese language) in Kyoto. An added design is stamped in red in the shape of the Buddhist wish-fulfilling jewel. (This shape of the jewel can be seen at the temple.) The card evidently is aimed at sales to visiting pilgrims: "West country [pilgrimage, stop] number 16: Otowayama Great-mercy-hall, Kyoto's Kiyomizudera". The temple continues to be number 16 on the Kyoto-area "west country" (saikoku) route of pilgrimage in honor of Kannon. Type 1
divider - center, "T" with "Made in Japan"
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The white-border postcard type is typical of the late 'teens and the 1920s.
Buddhist clergy at Dai___in temple, perhaps in Kyoto A gathering of Buddhist clergy, perhaps in Kyoto. The temple name on the banners at right and left is Dai___in. (But it is not Daiunin or other names of this pattern that I have seen.) One is reminded of a striking Meiji-period photograph by Kusakabe Kimbei, which shows a crowded Buddhist procession descending a hillside walkway. (See the books listed under References on the Introduction page for reproductions.) The photo carries what seems to be a kameraya's code "A9." Type 2
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This pre-1907 card left an ample message area on the picture side.
rural scene: harvesting daikon Unidentifed locale: A family harvesting daikon radishes. The vegetables in the white-tinted pile have been stripped of their leaves. Those in the red-tinted pile also are daikon, as the leaves show. Is the red color the creation of the colorist or an actual red radish? (Compare the slender, modern long red 20-day daikon kanji WA here means: Japanese language .) In the field to the right stands what may be a shock of millet. Type 3, yuubin hakaki as second line on top;
dashed divider - left, with ornamental ends and "Made in Japan"; logo 3
4 dotted address lines and solid bottom line
picking tea leaves, Uji, Kyouto Fu "Uji, tea picking" (Kyouto Fu). This card brings the viewer down to the worker's view of the tea bushes--in contrast to aloof long shots to show the patterns made by tea fields patched along hillsides. (Compare, e.g., the 1907 photograph in Worswick's book. [See References on the Introduction page.]) Type 3,
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The card can be assigned to the 1918-1933 period.

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