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80115-0038 - Japanese New Year Celebrations

Kobe, 1906
New Year Celebrations 14

Artist Teijiro Takagi
Publisher Teijiro Takagi
Medium Collotype Print
Period Meiji
Location Kobe
Image No. 80115-0038
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Entertainment for the children was not forgotten during the New Year celebrations of the Meiji Period (1868-1912).

While most of the other customs in this series are still observed, this one seems to have vanished.

This image is part of The New Year in Japan, a book published by Kobe-based photographer Kozaburo Tamamura in 1906. Original text1:

Here is another attraction for the special entertainment of ‘Young’ Japan; it is ridiculous to the adult eye, but we ourselves were young at one time!

See all New Year images on Old Photos of Japan.


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


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Duits, Kjeld (). Kobe, 1906: New Year Celebrations 14, OLD PHOTOS of JAPAN. Retrieved on April 24, 2024 (GMT) from

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The other mascot looks like spongebob.