The works of Sakubei Yamamoto

Miners (Man and Woman) in the Meiji Era (1868-1912) Descending the Slope
1958 - 1963

Meiji Jidai no Nyuko Sugata (Danjo)
[Miners (Man and Woman) in the Meiji Era (1868-1912) Descending the Slope]
21.1 x 30.5 cm Ink Painting

Right Figure
Lyrics of "Gotton Bushi" Song
Migi ni kantera hidari ni bento.
Kata wa karui to o-cha ni game.

She is holding a lamp (kantera) in her right hand and a packed lunch in her left.
All the while she is shouldering a towing rope (karui) and a canteen (game) filled with green tea.

Sama chan wa ichiban washa niban gata.
Agari sagari de miru bakari.
Gotton! Dokkoi! Dokkoi!

My sweetheart works first shift and I work second shift.
And I can only see him/her, ascending the slope when I am descending it.
Gotton (Clang)! Dokkoi! Dokkoi! (Interjected chants)

Left Figure
He is carrying pickaxes on his shoulder and a tin tobacco case (tonkotsu) on his waist band.

Translation Assisted by Mr. Nathan Johndro

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