support this research
70518-0030 - Japanese Firefighters, 1920s

Tokyo, 1920s
Dezome-shiki

Artist Unknown
Publisher Unknown
Medium Postcard
Period Taisho
Location Tokyo
Image No. 70518-0030
Purchase Digital File
Author

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.

Published
Updated

Leave a Comment

Reference for Citations

Duits, Kjeld (). Tokyo, 1920s: Dezome-shiki, OLD PHOTOS of JAPAN. Retrieved on May 27, 2022 (GMT) from https://www.oldphotosjapan.com/photos/685/tokyo-1920s-dezome-shiki

I have a small favor to ask

Old Photos of Japan aims to be your personal museum for Japan's visual heritage to increase our understanding of Japanese culture and society.

Finding, acquiring, scanning, restoring, researching and conserving these vintage images, and making the imagery and research freely available online, takes serious time, money and effort.

I do this without charging for access, selling user data, or running ads.

Your support helps to make this possible, and ensures that this important visual heritage of Japan will not be lost and forgotten.

If you can, please consider supporting Old Photos of Japan with a regular amount each month. Or become a volunteer.

Thank you,
Kjeld Duits

support this research

Explore More

…

Kobe, 1906
New Year Celebrations 11

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.

…

1890s
Putting on a Kimono

A woman sitting on the floor is helping a woman standing up to dress. The standing woman is holding a sash with with which the kimono will be tied.

…

Kobe, 1906
New Year Celebrations 15

Shopping at a temple market on the first day of the year.

Add Comment

There are currently no comments on this article.