What a wonderful and relaxed scene. Three women and two small kids, all wearing traditional clothing, having a welcome tea break at the engawa1 (veranda) 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.
1 An engawa (縁側 or 掾側) is a veranda, either partly inside the building or completely exposed.
Reference for Citations
Duits, Kjeld (). 1910s: Drinking Tea, OLD PHOTOS of JAPAN. Retrieved on December 3, 2022 (GMT) from https://www.oldphotosjapan.com/photos/426/drinking-tea
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