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A booth selling ropes made of rice straw used to decorate the entrance way. This image is part of The New Year in Japan, a book published by Kobe-based photographer Kozaburo Tamamura in 1906. Original text:
At other stalls we see Kazari (new rice straw) rope, in lengths, intertwined with fern-leaf and evergreens for the New Year adornment of dwellings and business concerns, emblematical of a new Era, The New Year.1
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1 Tamamura, Kozaburo (1906). The New Year in Japan. Tamamura Shashinkan.