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1904
Feeding Silkworms

Two Japanese women are feeding voracious silkworms. The large size of the basket filled with leaves clearly shows the enormous appetite of the worms.

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1890s
Temizu

A woman carefully pours (invisible) water on the hands of another woman, while a third woman is arriving at the gate. The water is ladled from a wash basin called temizu bachi.

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1890s
Lantern Craftsman

This studio photo reconstructs the work place of a lantern and umbrella craftsman and his assistant.

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1930s
Kimono, but Modern Hairstyle

Photographed in the 1930s, this Japanese woman still wears a kimono in this studio photo. But her hairstyle is thoroughly modern.

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1930s
Woman in White Dress

A Japanese woman in a stylish white dress sits on a coach in a photographer’s studio.

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1920s
Ainu Playing the Mukkuri

An Ainu woman is playing the Mukkuri (ムックリ), a traditional Ainu mouth harp played by women.