The works of Sakubei Yamamoto
Yama Children

Children in Coal Pits (Yama) in the Meiji Era (1868-1912) #10: Kite Flying
1964 - 1967

Meiji Jidai Yama no Kodomo #10: Takoage
[Children in Coal Pits (Yama) in the Meiji Era (1868-1912) #10: Kite Flying]
25.5 x 35.5 cm Painting in Watercolors and Ink

When children in the pits flew kites, they did not cut the strings of other kites by making the strings of their kites twist around them (chankake). This painting shows children flying kites (takabata in dialect) in the springtime.
The iron trundling hoop in the inset was about 35 centimeters in diameter and made of a round iron bar about 10 millimeters in diameter. Two or three small metal rings were fitted around this hoop to make clinking sounds. Some boys played with hoops of old casks or pails.

Translation Assisted by Mr. Nathan Johndro

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