Kadomatsu (door pine) is a decoration for Japanese New Year. They are displayed next to the entrance during the first week of the year.
The pine represents continuity, the bamboo straightness and sincerity. Kadomatsu can be seen all over Japan, except near Ikuta Jinja in Kobe. Reportedly because the kami of the shrine showed his dislike of kadomatsu by washing the ones near the shrine away during a flood in the eighth century.
This image is part of The New Year in Japan, a book published by Kobe-based photographer Kozaburo Tamamura in 1906. Original text1:
The location appears to be Fukuhara, Kobe’s famed prostitution quarter.
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 8, OLD PHOTOS of JAPAN. Retrieved on October 1, 2022 (GMT) from https://www.oldphotosjapan.com/photos/675/new-year-celebrations-8
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