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70613-0007 - Japanese Men Having a Party, 1890s

1890s
Having a Party

Artist Kimbei Kusakabe
Publisher J B Millet Company
Medium Albumen Print
Period Meiji
Location Studio
Image No. 70613-0007
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This hilarious scene, shot in the studio, recreates a group of working-class men having a wild party.

The man on the right is dressed up like a woman and is “playing” a broom, while the man on the left appears to be “playing percussion” with his chopsticks. The person next to him is serving himself sake, and the young man in the middle is about to put some food in his mouth. The man between him and the “musician” is reading lyrics from a book.

The floor in front of the group is covered with dishes filled with food. The expressions on the faces of these partying people are really wonderful and make this a very special photograph.

It is amazing how closely this scene resembles the stereotypical image of partying salariman during Japan’s bubble economy in the 1980s. But instead of a piece of cloth, they wound their necktie around their head.

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Duits, Kjeld (). 1890s: Having a Party, OLD PHOTOS of JAPAN. Retrieved on June 25, 2022 (GMT) from https://www.oldphotosjapan.com/photos/278/having-a-party

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Wow! That is amazing! What’s going on with the tattoo?

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