The works of Sakubei Yamamoto
Fights, Rice Riots

Rice Riots at Coal Pits (Yama) #2 (Raid on a Mine Store)
1964 - 1967

Yama no Kome-sodo #2 (Baiten Shugeki)
[Rice Riots at Coal Pits (Yama) #2 (Raid on a Mine Store)]
38.0 x 54.1 cm Painting in Watercolors and Ink

On August 17, 1918, the rice riots spread to coal mines in the Chikuho region. The first riot in this region occurred at Mineji Coal Pit in Tagawa County. About 100 rioters rose up against the high price of rice and raided their mine store. They broke everything in the store.
It is said that the leader of the riot said that his name was Saburo Asahina [the same as a legendary samurai in the Kamakura Period (1192-1333)]. I wonder if his lord Yoritomo Minamoto [the founder of Kamakura Shogunate] sent him to help.

Lettering on the Signboard at the Top Right
Sake: liquor or Japanese rice wine
Shio: salt
Tabako: tobacco
Kome: rice
Zakka: general goods

Lettering on the Signboard on the Ground
Mineji Tanko: Mineji Coal Pit
Buppin Hambaisho: Mine Store

Translation Assisted by Mr. Nathan Johndro

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