engawa of a thatched house. The women’s clothing does not seem to be the working wear for these farm women. Perhaps this was a small social gathering of neighbourhood women for tea rather than a break during a day of hard work. Or perhaps they changed clothes for the photographer. Nonetheless, the pile of fire wood seems to imply that these moments of rest were rare. Life was hard for farm women, and they worked long days, both at home and out in the fields." />

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1910s • Drinking Tea

Japanese Family in Traditional Clothing Having Tea

What a wonderful and relaxed scene. Three women and two small kids, all wearing traditional clothing, having a welcome tea break at the engawa of a thatched house. The women’s clothing does not seem to be the working wear for these farm women. Perhaps this was a small social gathering of neighbourhood women for tea rather than a break during a day of hard work. Or perhaps they changed clothes for the photographer. Nonetheless, the pile of fire wood seems to imply that these moments of rest were rare. Life was hard for farm women, and they worked long days, both at home and out in the fields.

Photographer: Unknown
Publisher: Unknown
Medium: Postcard
Image Number 70221-0003

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Duits, K. (2008, October 3). 1910s • Drinking Tea, Old Photos of Japan. Retrieved on 2021, Jun 23 from https://www.oldphotosjapan.com/photos/426/drinking-tea

Posted by • 2008-10-03
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