1890s • Woman in Room). 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 11

New Year Celebrations

A woman pours a close friend of the family some sake. Entertaining close friends took place in the best room of the house, with the friend sitting in the place of honor in front of the tokonoma (see 1890s • Woman in Room). This image is part of The New Year in Japan, a book published by Kobe-based photographer Kozaburo Tamamura in 1906. Original text:

The more intimate and specially favoured friends are invited to enter the best room, which is elaborately decorated in the space known as “the place of honour,” and the guest is invited to partake of toso, a kind of wine.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 80115-0035

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Duits, K. (2009, January 1). Kobe, 1906 • New Year Celebrations 11, Old Photos of Japan. Retrieved on 2021, Jun 19 from https://www.oldphotosjapan.com/photos/672/new-year-celebrations-11

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