New Year Celebrations 18) get ink painted on their face. This image is part of The New Year in Japan, a book published by Kobe-based photographer Kozaburo Tamamura in 1906. Click on Read Full Article to read the original text that accompanied this image." />

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Kobe, 1906 • New Year Celebrations 19

New Year Celebrations

Losers in the card game of karuta (see New Year Celebrations 18) get ink painted on their face. This image is part of The New Year in Japan, a book published by Kobe-based photographer Kozaburo Tamamura in 1906. Original text:

The ones who have shown the least skill in playing must submit to being branded with a mark of “disgrace;” this being a dab of ink, and applied to the face in such a manner as to deprive one of all dignity—for the time being; it is good fun, and many of them prefer playing badly, in order to receive the “decoration” of the dunce!1

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1 Tamamura, Kozaburo (1906). The New Year in Japan. Tamamura Shashinkan.

Photographer: Kozaburo Tamamura
Publisher: Kozaburo Tamamura
Medium: Collotype Print
Image Number 80115-0043

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Posted by • 2009-01-01
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