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70302-0006 - Japanese School Girls Doing Martial Arts

Okayama 1935
Practicing Naginata

Artist Yusa Studio
Publisher Yusa Studio
Medium Gelatin Silver Print
Period Showa
Location Okayama
Image No. 70302-0006
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Japanese school girls practicing naginata (薙刀).

Naginata is a pole weapon traditionally used by members of the samurai class. It consists of a wooden shaft with a curved blade on the end. In the modern martial art form of naginata, it is carved from one piece of Japanese white oak or it features a replaceable blade constructed from bamboo.

Practitioners wear protective armor called bogu (防具). It is very similar to the armor worn by practitioners of kendo. In modern Japan, naginatajutsu is practiced especially by women.

This photo comes from a year album for 1935 of a girls’ school in Okayama City, Japan. The 55 photographs show the female students studying, doing traditional Japanese as well Western sports, playing games, posing, at the train station and about town. The album also includes classroom scenes, portraits of teachers as well as administrative personnel and the Showa era wooden school building itself.

For more information about education in Japan during the Meiji, Taisho and early Showa periods, read Okayama 1935 • School Girls Eating Bento.

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Duits, Kjeld (). Okayama 1935: Practicing Naginata, OLD PHOTOS of JAPAN. Retrieved on June 25, 2022 (GMT) from https://www.oldphotosjapan.com/photos/319/practicing-naginata-2

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These are often used by foot soldiers to create space on the battle field.They have many more advantages than sword.

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