A family enthusiastically plays karuta (かるた), a game still played during New Year today.
On the floor, cards with the end of the poem torifuda (取り札 or grabbing cards) are spread out. The aim of the game is to be the first to grab a torifuda card after a yomifuda has been read out, and to collect as many cards as possible during the duration of the game.
This image is part of The New Year in Japan, a book published by Kobe-based photographer Kozaburo Tamamura in 1906. Original text1:
See all New Year images on Old Photos of Japan.
1 Tamamura, Kozaburo (1906). The New Year in Japan. Tamamura Shashinkan.
Reference for Citations
Duits, Kjeld (). Kobe, 1906: New Year Celebrations 18, OLD PHOTOS of JAPAN. Retrieved on June 26, 2022 (GMT) from https://www.oldphotosjapan.com/photos/665/new-year-celebrations-18
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