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Basket Maker

Basket Craftsman

Artist Yamamoto
Publisher Yamamoto
Medium Albumen Print
Period Meiji
Location Studio
Image No. 80129-0041
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A studio portrait of a young basket maker wearing a head band using bamboo to weave a basket. All around him are his bamboo products.

They include draining baskets (笊, zaru), winnowing baskets (箕, mi), and noodle-draining baskets (饂飩打ち上げ篭, udon uchiage kago).

Many thanks to Noel, who noticed that the props in this image are identical to those of the Yamamoto Studio in Yokohama. This made it possible to both attribute and date this image correctly. See more Yamamoto images at MeijiShowa.


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Duits, Kjeld (). 1870s: Basket Craftsman, OLD PHOTOS of JAPAN. Retrieved on October 3, 2022 (GMT) from

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After going through Terry Bennett’s “Photography in Japan” I would say it’s a Yamamoto Studio work. You can see all the similarities in props, especially when you compare it with the photo of woman in kago featured on page 189.



@Noel: Excellent observation. I missed that completely, although I have studied Photography in Japan intensively. Will adjust the meta data right away. Thank you!


I think that winnowing basket is ‘mi’ in Japanese, not ‘ki’.



@Victoria Oyama: You are absolutely right, Victoria. Thanks for noting the typo!