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Yokohama, 1900s • Dezome-shiki

Firefighters

Firefighters in happi coats perform acrobatic stunts on top of bamboo ladders. The ladder stunts were the main event of Japanese New Year celebrations. The demonstrations, called dezome-shiki, were intended to warn people of the dangers of fire, and to demonstrate the agility and courage of the firefighters. For detailed information about fires in Japan, read Yokohama, 1890s • Dezome-shiki.

Photographer: Unknown
Publisher: Unknown
Medium: Postcard
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Duits, K. (2009, January 4). Yokohama, 1900s • Dezome-shiki, Old Photos of Japan. Retrieved on 2021, Dec 06 from https://www.oldphotosjapan.com/photos/684/yokohama-1900s-dezome-shiki

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